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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Sunday, May 16 

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.


Sunday's map of COVID in Nova Scotia's community health networks


COVID in the community health networks

Our table logs data from Nova Scotia's official COVID-19 dashboard in order to provide this information. The province reports the number of active cases in each of the 14 community health networks, but The Coast does the math to be able to report the new and resolved case numbers.


126 new cases and the active caseload climbs again

Sunday, May 16, 2021

New cases
126

New recoveries
106

New deaths
0

Active cases
1,531

Days in a row with cases
48

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
4,746

Total COVID deaths
72

Halifax’s lockdown
24 days

Nova Scotia’s lockdown
19 days

After the 86 new infections reported yesterday by the province, the first daily report under 100 in more than two weeks, we were definitely hoping the trend would continue today and the number would keep dropping. Unfortunately those hopes proved futile, because the province is reporting 126 new cases on Sunday.

"There are 106 cases in Central Zone, nine in Eastern Zone, nine in Western Zone and two in Northern Zone," says Nova Scotia's daily COVID-19 report. Central had been below 100 cases per day since reporting 116 cases on Wednesday: there were 83 new cases Thursday, 97 on Friday and 66 yesterday. So today's return to three-digit infections is particularly unwelcome in the zone that has driven the high numbers in the province's third wave, with 2,537 new cases since April 1.

In other unwelcome news, now a tenth patient at the Infirmary has developed COVID from a non-COVID unit. "They had been discharged and are recovering at home," the province says. "The other patients in the non-COVID unit have tested negative and are being closely monitored. As a precaution, Nova Scotia Health Authority is testing staff and doctors who have worked in the unit."

Top doc Robert Strang speaks to the potential frustration today's higher number might cause, as the number of active cases rises to 1,531 after being at 1,509 yesterday. "We knew we would have some ups and downs as we worked to get this outbreak under control. We can get these numbers down if we stay the course and continue to follow all public health measures. Stay close to home and be kind to one another.”


A lovely day to get tested

There are seven rapid-testing sites running across Nova Scotia on Sunday, including at the Alderney Gate and Halifax Central libraries in HRM. For the full list with times and addresses, check The Coast's running guide to swabbing spaces.


Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for May 15, 2021.

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