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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, Jul 18 

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.



3 new cases as COVID isn’t quite done

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 4

New cases
3

New recoveries
0

New deaths
0

Active cases
8

Days in a row with cases
1

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,873

Total COVID deaths
92

Yesterday the caseload got all the way down to just five active cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. That was the province's lowest level in nearly nine months, since there were four active cases on October 29, 2020. But this victory was short-lived.

Today the province is reporting three new COVID cases. These are the first new cases after four days in a row with zero infections. And none of the five people with active disease recovered since yesterday, so the active caseload increased by all three of the new cases to eight active infections.

This is still a low number, to be sure. We cheered on Friday (complete with 🏆 emoji) when the province last reached eight active cases, breaking into single-digit territory for the first time in months. But it's a drag to lose recovery momentum so abruptly here on Sunday.

The three new cases are located in Central Zone, says the province's C19 update for today: "Two are close contacts of previously reported cases and one is under investigation." Our map and table of cases in Nova Scotia's community health networks show all three cases are in the Halifax community network. Coast analysis of provincial data shows each of the newly infected people is male; one is in the 0-to-19 age group, the other two are both between 40 and 59 years old.

For the sixth day in a row, two Nova Scotians are sick enough with COVID to require hospitalization, one of them so severe they are in the ICU. Provincial labs completed 2,732 tests yesterday, right on the current daily average. Vaccination info isn't reported on weekends.


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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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 17, 2021.

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