COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Nov 10

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.



No Remembrance Day report

Today's provincial COVID update remembers to point out that the government won't be producing a report tomorrow, November 11, Remembrance Day. Thursday's data will be included in the Friday report.


Active cases drop

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 4.5

New cases
30

New recoveries
33

New deaths
0

Active cases
277

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
7,746

Total COVID deaths
102

You know COVID's having a moment when the province announces 30 new cases, and that's the lowest amount reported in more than a week—dating back to Tuesday, Nov 2.

That Tuesday also happens to be the last day before now that the active caseload dropped from one day to the next. Yesterday there were 281 active cases; today there are 277, thanks to 33 people recovering from their COVID infections.

In its written COVID report for Wednesday, the province says: "There are 16 cases in Northern Zone, 12 cases in Central Zone and two cases in Western Zone." But in its data dashboard, for Western zone the province is only showing one case. It's in the Yarmouth/Shelburne/Digby community health network, as shown in our map and table that make the dashboard information easier to find. The discrepancy in the Western zone case numbers is not explained by the province, except for the boilerplate caveat that information sometimes changes in public health's Panorama tracking system.

But whether it's one or two cases in Western, that's low. Especially when Nova Scotia is still reporting community transmission of the disease in Western and Northern zones. This is related to the late-October faith-based gathering that also triggered an outbreak at the East Cumberland Lodge nursing home in Pugwash. The province says three more residents tested positive, making for a total of 20 residents and two staff getting infected during this outbreak.

Currently 10 of Nova Scotia's 277 active COVID patients are in hospital, one of those so sick that they're in the ICU. Yesterday there were 10 people in hospital with two in intensive care, so this is an improvement.


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 line tracks the rise and fall of new infections reported by the province; the green area is the province's caseload. Click or hover over any point on the graph and the detail for that moment will pop up. To focus on just new or active cases, 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 9, 2021.

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