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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Oct 6

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.



Death number 98

Nova Scotia moves closer to a horrible milestone with the announcement of the 98th known COVID death. The person who died is identified by the province as a woman in her 70s who lived in the Central health zone, the area that includes Halifax. According to the NS data dashboard, all Nova Scotians in their 70s have been fully vaccinated, so this woman must be an example of a breakthrough death, the fourth the province has had during the pandemic.


25 new cases and a rise in active cases

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 5 (modified)

New cases
25

New recoveries
18

New deaths
1

Active cases
254

Total cases in Nova Scotia during pandemic
6,864

Total COVID deaths
98

The 25 new COVID cases the province is announcing today more than outweigh the day's 18 recoveries and one death (see above), so the active caseload increases to 254 active cases. That's now the most active cases Nova Scotia has experienced in the fourth wave. At the same time, hospitalizations are down from yesterday, to 15 COVID patients in hospital today, but the number of those patients who are in intensive care increased to five people.

"There are 20 cases in Central Zone, two cases in Western Zone, two cases in Northern Zone, and one case in Eastern Zone," says the province in its Wednesday report. Our map and table find there are seven cases in both the Halifax and Dartmouth community health networks, and the South Shore network has the next-most new cases today, with three. This is significant for Halifax, which hasn't reported fewer than 10 new cases in a day since Wednesday, September 22, two weeks ago.

Nova Scotia's report says "four schools were notified of an exposure(s) at their school" yesterday, then directs you to the database of exposures for more information. To spare you a click, the schools are École Bois-Joli in Dartmouth, and Halifax's École Mer et Monde, Duc d’Anville Elementary and Citadel High. Seven of today's new cases are in children in the 0-to-11 age group; there are no new cases in the next-oldest group, 12-19 years old.

Local labs completed 4,645 COVID tests yesterday, the most since last Friday's report and above the current daily average of about 4,200 tests. In vaccinations, clinics across the province delivered 3,781 doses yesterday, almost exactly the same as the day before, pushing Nova Scotia ever-so-slightly up from 75.37 percent fully vaccinated to 75.59 percent.


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 October 5, 2021.

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