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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Jul 6 

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.

Good news hidden inside 7 new infections

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 3

New cases

New recoveries

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Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic

Total COVID deaths

Nova Scotia has seven new COVID-19 cases today, which is a lot in our rapidly reopening province (the seven-day rolling average is currently four cases per day). But the numbers contain some happy stories. For starters, eight people are newly recovered from having COVID, outweighing the new cases and pushing the active caseload down by one to 44 active cases. That's the lowest amount in 80 days, since the 44 active cases reported April 17, before the third wave hit in earnest.

More significantly, today's report from the province signals that community spread of the disease has finally come under control in Nova Scotia. For countless days in a row up to and including yesterday, the province warned about ongoing community transmission in the Central health zone. "There is limited community spread in Central Zone," is how yesterday's provincial report stated the situation. "Eastern, Northern and Western Zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread."

Today, however, the report says, "All four health zones continue to be closely monitored for community spread." The message is that Central's contained, just like the other three zones, a major recovery milestone to reach. Fantastic work, Central!

“Most of the cases we are seeing each day are connected to two contained clusters—one in Halifax and one in Glace Bay,” says chief medical officer of health Robert Strang in the Tuesday report. “There is no sign of community spread as a result of these clusters, but they do serve as a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated as soon as you can." Reiterating Strang, our below map and table of C19 in the community health networks show that six of today's seven cases are in Halifax, and the other's in Sydney/Glace Bay.

Hospitalizations haven't changed over the last four days—Nova Scotia still two COVID patients in hospital, neither of them in intensive care. And testing is up by nearly 1,000 tests from the total reported yesterday; local labs processed 3,146 PCR tests on Monday, right in line with the currently daily average.

Clinics across the province delivered 17,173 doses of vaccine into arms yesterday, including dose 1,000,000. That's not bad for a Monday—it's above the moving average of about 15,000 daily jabs—plus the number of people who got their first dose is high compared to the weekend numbers. (Yesterday 1,279 unvaccinated Nova Scotians became vaccinated, more than twice the weekend's daily average.) But looking at recent Mondays shows that this important number is in decline.

Monday, June 14: 3,761 people got the first dose
Monday, June 21: 2,685 people got the first dose
Monday, June 28: 1,740 people got the first dose
Monday, July 5: 1,279 people got the first dose

To reach the herd immunity target of having 75 percent of the population fully vaccinated with two doses, along the way Nova Scotia must get 75 percent of the province willing to receive at least one dose. Currently more than 30 percent of all Nova Scotians have both doses, a number that was below 20 percent a week ago. Meanwhile the population with at least one dose is now at 73.24 percent, which isn't even up a whole percentage point from last Monday's 72.58 percent.

“Yesterday marked one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in our province,” says premier Iain Rankin in today's report. “This was a wonderful milestone, but we are not finished yet. We need to encourage our fellow Nova Scotians to go out and get the vaccine if they haven’t already.”

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 5, 2021.

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