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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Thursday, Jun 17 

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.



Jumping to 14 new cases

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 2

New cases
14

New recoveries
9

New deaths
0

Active cases
97

Days in a row with cases
80

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,773

Total COVID deaths
90

Nova Scotia is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19, the most in a day since this time last week, when Thursday, June 10 had 15 fresh infections. Only nine people recovered from their infections since yesterday's report, so the active caseload went up today, to 97 active cases, only the third increase in caseload from one day to the next since the third wave peaked on May 10.

"Twelve cases are in Central Zone. Eleven are close contacts of previously reported cases and the other is under investigation," says the province's daily disease update about the 14 new infections. "One case is in Eastern Zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case.

"One case is in Western Zone and is related to travel." For the breakdown of cases, recoveries and currently caseload by Nova Scotia's community health networks, consult our map and table below.

Testing and vaccinations are both up from yesterday's report: Provincial labs processed nearly 6,000 tests on Wednesday, solidly above the currently daily average of about 4,800 tests, and clinics across the province injected just shy of 20,000 doses of vaccine into arms, almost double the daily average.

Hospitalizations are also up slightly—from five patients yesterday to six today. However, only three of those patients are in ICU, while yesterday intensive care was dealing with four COVID patients.


Strankin speaks at 3

Premier Iain Rankin and chief medical officer of health Robert Strang are giving one of their regular COVID-19 briefings today. It is scheduled to start at 3pm. You can watch live at novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast and/or @nsgov on Facebook, or catch it later at the Nova Scotia government's YouTube page.


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.)

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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for June 16, 2021.

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