COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Nov 23

Information including charts, new 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.



29 new cases

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 5 more or less

New cases
29

New recoveries
37

New deaths
0

Active cases
184

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
8,100

Total COVID deaths
107

After reporting 60 new infections yesterday—which works out to an average of 20 cases per day over the weekend—today there are 29 new cases. This is the most in a single say since last Tuesday, a major turnaround from recent weeks when we identified a "standard Tuesday drop" in cases.

We don't have any more analysis on the new trend of a Tuesday rise in cases except to point out that COVID has still not lost its ability to surprise. And the longer it keeps that ability, the longer it's going to take for the disease to make the shift from scary, deadly pandemic to this-old-thing endemic.

Anyway, on the bright side of the province's Tuesday C19 report is that the 29 new cases are balanced by 37 people recovering from COVID, so the active caseload drops to 184 active cases. The number of active cases hasn't risen in two week, since it went up to 281 active cases on November 9 (another Tuesday!).

"There are 21 cases in Central Zone, six cases in Northern Zone and two cases in Western Zone," the province says in its written report. "There is also evidence of limited community spread in Halifax and northern Nova Scotia." Our map and table of infections in the community health networks show that the Halifax network has the highest number of cases in the province, with nine new cases, followed by Bedford/Sackville (eight cases) and Truro/Colchester and Amherst/Cumberland, each with three cases.

Hospitalizations increased with the new provincial report from 16 COVID patients in hospitals around Nova Scotia yesterday, to 18 today. But of those 18, only six people are sick enough to be in intensive care, down from seven ICU patients yesterday.

Citing "technical issues" as it did Monday, the province has not reported new vaccination numbers since Friday.


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. Note: On July 23, 2021, Nova Scotia announced that it will no longer update case numbers on weekends.

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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. Note: Effective July 23, 2021, the province no longer updates case numbers on weekends.

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New and active cases visualized

Nova Scotia's third wave of COVID grew in April, 2021, peaked in May (227 new cases in one day was the maximum) and subsided in June. On July 17, the province reached five active cases—its lowest level in more than eight months—and an election was called. So when it came time to reset The Coast's chart comparing daily new cases with that day’s active caseload, in order to better reflect disease levels after the third wave, we started from July 17. Two months later, on September 14, the province formally announced the arrival of the fourth wave of COVID. The dark purple line tracks the rise and fall of daily new infections reported by the province; the green area is the province's caseload. In mid-November, The Coast added a golden line to show the 7-day moving average of daily new cases, effectively a smoothed-out version of the purple line that puts the ups and downs into bigger context. Click or hover over any point on the graph and the detail for that moment will pop up. To focus on just some information, click the legend at the top left of the graph to hide or reveal that data set. Note: As of July 23, 2021, the province stopped updating case numbers on weekends. And you can click here for the version of this graph that includes the third wave and its May 10 crest of 1,655 active cases.

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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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Canadian cases in 2021

There was a point in July 2021, when the delta variant was causing an increase in COVID infections around the world, that Canada seemed safe from the fourth wave. By August, however, that point had passed, and case numbers around the country started to rise again. This graph charts the number of new infections every day in each province and territory, using the 7-day moving average to mitigate single-day anomalies (including a lack of weekend reporting in several jurisdictions including British Columbia and Nova Scotia). To focus on individual places, click the place names at the top of the chart to turn that data on or off.

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Breakthrough infections in Nova Scotia

On Fridays, the province's daily COVID report includes statistics about COVID breakthroughs—infections, hospitalizations and deaths among people who are fully or partially vaccinated. The province reports its numbers as a cumulative total: all the breakthrough cases dating from March 15, 2021 to the latest update. The Coast does an analysis to break the information about new cases down by each weekly reporting period, in order to offer our readers the following unique view of the same information, so you can better understand the fluctuations in breakthrough infections as they happen. Note: Our bar chart only dates back to June because the province didn't start this reporting until summer 2021.

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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for November 22, 2021.

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