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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Jul 7 

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.



1 new case and thousands of people vaccinated but not yet counted

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 3

New cases
1

New recoveries
6

New deaths
0

Active cases
39

Days in a row with cases
14

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,889

Total COVID deaths
92

The province is reporting strong COVID numbers today: one new case and six recoveries, pushing the active caseload down to 39 active cases.

This is the first time Nova Scotia's been below 40 active cases in three months, since the province was at 37 active cases on April 7. Obviously a lot changed in those three months, including the arrival of a major third wave of infections and more than 4,100 cases, but it's still bracing to confront the difference from then to now. In The Coast's daily report for April 7, we pointed out that 37 active cases was "the most in over a month," a threat of the growing wave to come, while today's level of 39 is a recent low and sign of progress against the disease.

Wednesday's one new case is in the Central health zone, according to the province's daily report. Further down on this page, our map and table that analyze provincial data over time place the infection in the Halifax community health network.

Local labs processed 3,891 tests on Tuesday, up from the roughly 3,100 tests completed Monday (and announced in yesterday's report). The current average is just over 3,100 tests per day.

In another change from yesterday, the province says only one person is in hospital now, down from two on Tuesday. However, that person is so sick from the disease that they're in intensive care, when Nova Scotia had gone nearly two weeks without a single COVID patient needing the ICU.

Finally, the province is reporting a strong day in vaccinations: Clinics throughout Nova Scotia injected 24,548 doses on Tuesday, while the daily average is less than 16,000. Only 1,400 of those jabs went into previously unvaccinated arms, so the percentage of the population with at least one dose barely moved from yesterday (going from 73.24 percent vaxxed to 73.38 percent as our vaccination graph at the bottom of the page shows).

However, at today's provincial COVID briefing, doctor Strang said about 8,000 Nova Scotians in the Armed Forces have been vaccinated by the military, but aren't yet counted on the province's data dashboard. If they were added to our statistics right now, the province's vaccination rate would jump to 74.21 percent.

Strang also called attention to people who have signed up for their first dose but haven't received it yet, and said between them and the vaccinated military personnel, the province is already past 75 percent vaccinated with at least one dose. Reaching that target is a necessary condition for the province to be able to enter Phase 4 of reopening. Phase 4 is scheduled to start as soon as next Wednesday.


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.) 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 6, 2021.

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