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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Thursday, May 27 

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.


33 new cases and a vaccination record

Thursday, May 27, 2021

New cases
33

New recoveries
182

New deaths
0

Active cases
638

Days in a row with cases
59

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,457

Total COVID deaths
79

Halifax’s lockdown
35 days

Nova Scotia’s lockdown
30 days

Today Nova Scotia is reporting the best levels of new and active cases the province has had in the month of May. There are just 33 new infections—the lowest in one day since April 21, more than five weeks ago—to go with 182 people recovering from COVID, meaning the active caseload drops by 149 to just 638 active cases. The last time there were fewer active cases was April 30, at 589 cases.

Of the 33 new cases, 18 are in the Eastern zone, 14 in Central and one Northern, according to the province's daily update. It's unusual for Eastern zone to have more cases than Central (this is only the ninth day it's happened in 2021), and the news gets worse. "One of the cases in Eastern Zone involves a staff member at Harbourstone Enhanced Care, a long-term care facility in Sydney. Public health is providing direction on isolation and other requirements," says the province. And, oh yeah: "There is still community spread in Central Zone and limited community spread in Sydney."

Hospitalization numbers are both down and up from yesterday, with the province reporting 63 patients currently in hospital, a big decline from the 72 reported Wednesday. However, 21 of those patients are in intensive care, an increase from yesterday's 19 ICU patients.

Provincial COVID testing totals are up, with local labs processing 6,413 tests compared to just over 5,000 the day before. And vaccinations are waaaaaay up, from nearly 11,000 doses injected in yesterday's report to 21,143 jabs today. That's a new record for daily dosing, beating the old record of 20,991 shots last Wednesday and making a mockery of the 5,198 doses given last Monday, May 17.

This morning, when the province opened vaccinations to everyone aged 12 and up (see below), its press release said, "The province’s goal continues to be to immunize as many Nova Scotians as quickly as possible, based on age, to reach a high rate of population immunity." Days when we inoculate 20,000 people make it seem like that goal is actually a mission statement, motivating everyone involved in the vax rollout. It's just too bad the days with 5,198 shots, and the chronic weekend vaccination slowdowns (last weekend averaged 6,600 injections per day), turn the goal into a hollow promise that it seems nobody is trying to keep.


Head to the table, make tracks to the map

After three days without The Coast's one-of-a-kind map and table tracking COVID in the community health networks, we're thrilled to report they're back. Just keep scrolling and you can't miss 'em.

Because the province spent its holiday weekend updating the Panorama public health system, hundreds of old COVID case files got new information, throwing the numbers out of whack at the NS data dashboard. Publishing the map and table with that info would have been at least confusing, more likely negligent. Thus we held the map/table back on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to give the province time to get its numbers settled. Things now seem to be in order, with no strange data points, so we are happy to resume sharing this information with you.


Charting cases in the NS health networks

Our table uses data logged from Nova Scotia's official COVID-19 dashboard in order to provide this breakdown. 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. We also map the data to provide a different view of the case information.


Our map of COVID by community health networks

This map 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 the 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.

Everybody 12 and older can get vaccinated!

The province just took the final step in its age-based vaccine rollout, opening vax appointments to people from age 12 to 19. Health Canada hasn't approved any COVID vaccines for children who are 11 and younger, so Nova Scotia doesn't have any more age groups waiting for eligibility. Now anyone and everyone from 12 to 112 in the province is allowed to get jabbed.

There is one slight wrinkle, in that Health Canada's approved only the Pfizer vaccine for those as young as 12; Moderna is authorized for 18 year olds and older. But the province's vaccination booking site has doubtless figured out how to deal, so book away! Bookings can also be made by calling 1-833-797-7772 on a phone, which our younger readers know as that weird old voice-activated realtime DM technology that inexplicably comes bundled with your camera.


Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for May 26, 2021.

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