COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Jun 16

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.

8 new cases on Gym Day

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 2

New cases

New recoveries

New deaths

Active cases

Days in a row with cases

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic

Total COVID deaths

Phase 1 of the unlocking gave bars and restaurants permission to serve people outdoors, and those people could sit together in groups of 10. This was such a radical change to the social scene after weeks of everyone being in lockdown, the Wednesday the new rules came into effect became Patio Day. Now Phase Two has begun, and because people are allowed back to their fitness routines, this Wednesday might just be Gym Day.

COVID is certainly getting its reps in. (Groan segue alert!) For the fourth time in the last six days, there are eight new cases of the virus in Nova Scotia. Eight cases today is up from the four infections announced yesterday. The province is also reporting 13 recoveries in its daily C19 report, driving the active caseload down to 92.

Five of the eight new cases are in Central zone, three are in Eastern. All of them are contacts of other COVID patients expect for two cases under investigation as possible community transmission of the disease, one each in Central and Eastern. For the breakdown of cases by Nova Scotia's community health networks, refer to our map and table below.

Five people are currently in hospital with COVID, four of them in ICU. Yesterday local labs processed an above-average 5,142 tests, and clinics across the province injected 9,505 doses of vaccine, up from the nearly 6,600 doses reported for Monday. It's good to see such strong performances.

Phase 2 has started!

After two successful weeks in Phase 1, today Nova Scotia moved to Phase 2 of its reopening plan. With any luck, the province will be in Phase 2 for two-to-four weeks before moving on to Phase 3. People can now legally gather in groups of up to 25 people outdoors—an increase from 10 in Phase 1—and 10 people are allowed to be together indoors, instead of the one-household limit that had been in place across the province for the last 49 days, from the April 28 start of Nova Scotia's lockdown until today.

Other restrictions loosening in Phase 2 bring particularly big changes for certain business sectors, and The Coast is covering some of those elsewhere on the site. Click here for our story about what Phase 2 unlocking means to gyms and other fitness facilities, which are allowed to let clients do indoor workouts; click here for our look at how personal health services like spas, barbers and piercers are handling the permission to do under-the-mask work. And with restaurants allowed to open their dining rooms to eat-in customers now, we talk with one of the new co-owners at EDNA, the Gottingen Street eatery that's opening today for the first time since shutting down in March 2020, during the original first wave of COVID.

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 15, 2021.

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