COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Saturday, Jul 3

Updates including briefings, infections and our daily map of community COVID-19.

NOTE: This day is now over. Click for the latest on COVID-19 from The Coast. Or for an informative look back at Nova Scotia's evolving pandemic response, keep on reading.

Canada vaccination tracker update delayed

If you're waiting for the next update to The Coast's popular animated infographic about vaccination uptake across Canada, the only consolation we can offer is that you're not alone. The information for our chart comes from the federal government, which releases the latest vax numbers once a week. Usually the spreadsheet comes out on Friday, but not this week: "The July 2 report will be published on July 5, 2021," says a notice at the federal vax site.

Screenshot of the page announcing the federal government’s vaccine information delay.
Screenshot of the page announcing the federal government’s vaccine information delay.

We're guessing the July 1 Canada Day holiday is responsible for the delay. Here's the chart with the current numbers to tide you over; for more information go to our Canada vaccination tracker page.

8 cases, but only 1 under investigation

Saturday, July 3, 2021

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Phase 3

New cases

New recoveries

New deaths

Active cases

Days in a row with cases

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic

Total COVID deaths

Nova Scotia is reporting eight new cases of COVID-19 today, the most in a day since last Saturday, when there were 11 new infections. The unwelcome news of a relatively high infection count is matched by a low number of people recovering from COVID—only three—so the active caseload rises to 52 active cases after yesterday's brief flirtation with a caseload in the 40s.

"While we’ve seen case numbers in the single digits over the past few days, today’s number is a reminder that we can’t let our guard down," says premier Iain Rankin in the province's Saturday COVID report.

The eight cases are evenly split between the Central health zone and the Eastern zone, the province says. According to our analysis of provincial data, the eight cases are further evenly split: four patients are in the Halifax community health network, the other four are in the Sydney/Glace Bay community network. (Our map and table below show the results of our analysis.)

The infection source for all but one of the cases has been traced to either travel or close contact with another COVID patient, but one case, in Sydney/Glace Bay, is still under investigation as potential community transmission. "There is limited community spread in Central Zone," says the provincial report. "Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread."

After yesterday's report included an increase in hospitalizations from two to three people, today Nova Scotia is back down to having two patients in hospital. Neither of them is in ICU. We're glad that somebody had a speedy recovery.

“This morning I dropped into the Fall River Shoppers Drug Mart, and owner Brian MacDonald told me about how well the vaccination program is rolling out," says Rankin in the provincial report, teasing the rest of us who are stuck at the whim of the province, which doesn't release any statistics about vaccinations on weekends. The chart at the bottom of this page shows how well the vax program was going as of the latest provincial numbers, for jabs delivered Thursday.

NS labs processed 2,913 PCR tests for COVID yesterday. That's a little less than the amount of testing in Friday's report, but not far from the current average of 3,157 tests completed per day.

Map of cases in community health networks

This infographic was created by The Coast using daily case data from Nova Scotia's official COVID-19 dashboard. Our goal is for this to be the best NS COVID map around, clearer and more informative than the province or any other media organization provides. To get there we do an analysis of the data to find each day's new and resolved case numbers in the 14 community health networks, information the province does not provide. For a different but still highly accessible approach to the latest COVID statistics, check out our case table.

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Case table of the health networks

The Coast uses data logged from Nova Scotia's official COVID-19 dashboard in order to provide this tabulated breakdown. The province reports the number of active cases in each of Nova Scotia's 14 community health networks, but we do the math to be able to report the new and resolved case numbers. We also map the data to provide a different view of the case information.

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New and active cases visualized

This interactive graph charts COVID activity in Nova Scotia's third wave, comparing daily new cases with that day’s active caseload. The dark line tracks the rise and fall of new infections reported by the province, which hit a Nova Scotian pandemic record high of 227 cases in a single day on May 7. The green area is the province's caseload, which peaked May 10 at 1,655 active cases. Click or however over any point on the graph and the detail for that moment will pop up. To focus on just new or active cases, you can click the legend at the top left of the graph to hide or reveal that data set.

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Recoveries and infections graphed

A person who tests positive for COVID-19 counts as a new case, the beginning of a problem for both the province and that person. The best ending to the problem is the patient recovers from the disease. This interactive chart compares how many problems started (the red area of new cases) to how many ended (the blue area's recoveries) each day in Nova Scotia's third wave, revealing growth trends along the way. Click or hover over any point on the graph and the detail for that day will pop up, to reveal exactly how quickly things change: May 7 had Nova Scotia's most-ever infections diagnosed in one day, 227 new cases, more than triple the 71 recoveries that day. Two weeks later, May 21, had a record recoveries, 197 in a day, more than double the 84 new cases. To focus on just new cases or recoveries, you can click the legend at the top left of the graph to hide or reveal that data set.

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Average and daily new cases

Knowing the average number of new cases Nova Scotia has every day—the orange area in this graph—is useful to show the trend of infections without one day's ups or downs distorting the picture. Having the daily new cases as well, the dark line on the graph, gives a sense of how each day compares to the average. We use the rolling (AKA moving or running) 7-day average of daily data reported by the province; here's a good explainer of what a rolling average is.

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Vaccination in the population

How many Nova Scotians already have one dose of vaccine? How many are fully vaccinated with two doses? And how close are we to the herd immunity goal of 75 percent of the province fully vaxxed? These questions are answered in our chart of the vaccination rate in Nova Scotia since the province started reporting these numbers in January 2021, breaking out people who've had a single dose separate from those who've had the full complement of two doses. (Here's more information about the 75 percent target and what it will take to get there.) Note: The province doesn't update vaccination numbers on weekends.

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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for July 2, 2021.

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