COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Jun 30

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.



4 get infections, nobody recovers

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 3

New cases
4

New recoveries
0

New deaths
0

Active cases
55

Days in a row with cases
7

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
5,836

Total COVID deaths
92

The province is reporting an unusual, unwelcome statistic in its Wednesday COVID-19 report: Zero recoveries. Not one person recovered from their COVID infection since yesterday's report, a downer that hasn't happened in the last two months. There are four new cases, however, so the caseload in Nova Scotia increases by four to reach 55 active cases.

"Three cases are in Eastern Zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases," says the province in its daily update. "The other case is in Central Zone and is related to travel." Our ever-popular map and table showing cases in the more localized community health networks are below, but the short answer is that the Central zone case is in the Bedford/Sackville network, and all three Eastern cases are in Sydney/Glace Bay.

COVID hospitalizations remain unchanged from recent days, at two patients in hospital, neither of them in an intensive care unit.

Testing is up from yesterday's report by more than 1,500 tests: NS labs processed 3,942 tests on Tuesday, well about the rolling average of about 3,400 tests completed per day.

Vaccinations are also up. Clinics throughout Nova Scotia injected 27,815 arms yesterday, a single-day record high for the province's pandemic. This is great news for the vaccine rollout, but there is cause for concern. Out of all those vaccinations, more than 26,000 went to people who were getting their second shot on the way to becoming fully vaccinated, which means only about 1,500 people got their first dose.

As Coast editor Kyle Shaw reported yesterday, vaccine uptake in Nova Scotia is hitting a ceiling just below the 75 percent herd immunity target, because the number of unvaccinated people getting a first dose is falling. Yesterday's 1,500 new vaccine adopters represent the lowest daily total in the last two months, and therefore the smallest increase in vax penetration (up just .16 percent from Monday, June 28 to Tuesday, June 29 on the graph of Nova Scotia's vax history lower down on this page).

“While we are leading the country in first dose coverage and rapidly increasing second dose coverage, we still have work to do,” says chief medical officer of health Robert Strang in today's report. “We need as many Nova Scotians as possible to get both doses of vaccine so that we can continue our reopening phases and be in a position to lift restrictions by the end of summer.”


Nova Scotia reopens to Phase 3

Nova Scotia's reopening plan continues on its best-case-scenario track, moving to Phase 3 at 8am today after the minimum two weeks at Phase 2 (which came two weeks after Phase 1). The biggest change relates to travel: Now all Canadians are allowed into the province, for any reason, although people from beyond Atlantic Canada may have to submit to some amount of testing and/or quarantine depending on their vaccination status. Any Atlantic Canadians who are currently in isolation here are allowed out now.

For people from the rest of Canada, those who are fully vaccinated—which means they not only received both doses of vaccine, but the second dose was injected at least two weeks ago so it's had time to work its anti-COVID magic—don't have to go into self-isolation when arriving in Nova Scotia, and it's only "recommended" that they get tested.

Partially vaccinated Canadians (those who have just one dose that was injected at least two weeks ago, or they have the second dose but it was delivered less than two weeks ago) have to go into a self-isolation quarantine for at least seven days, says the province in its Phase 3 press release, "and cannot leave isolation until they get two negative tests results while in Nova Scotia; tests should be on day one or two and on day five or six after arrival."

Those considered unvaccinated—never had a COVID vaccine or got the first shot less than two weeks ago—have to quarantine for the 14-day period that was standard for all visitors earlier in the pandemic. Testing is recommended at the start and end of isolation.

“We’ve all been looking forward to the day when we can once again welcome all Canadians to visit our beautiful province,” says premier Iain Rankin in the press release. “Thanks to the hard work of Nova Scotians and our robust border and testing strategies, we’re now in a position to do that. Families and friends can see each other again, businesses can operate with less restriction and visitors can safely enjoy summer in Nova Scotia while still following public health measures.”

For restaurants, festivals, salons, restaurants and whatnot, Phase 3 is basically the same as Phase 2, but the volume is turned up. Stores can allow customers in to 75 percent capacity, not Phase 2's 50 percent. Restaurants can stay open an hour later, an event can have twice as many attendees, libraries can increase from 25 percent capacity to 50 percent, the gathering limit in a household goes from 10 people including the household members to 10 people in addition to the household members. Specifics are spelled out in this Coast story about differences between Phase 2 and Phase 3.


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 June 29, 2021.

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