COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Sep 8

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.

14 new cases, 61 active cases

When is 14 new cases more troubling than 29 new cases? On Wednesday in Nova Scotia.

The province reported 29 infections yesterday, but those were spread out over the four-day long weekend for an average of about seven cases per day. Today, there are 14 new cases in NS, double the weekend average. And with just 11 people recovering from the disease since yesterday, the caseload increases by three to 61 active cases (graphed below).

The Northern zone has the most cases, at nine of today's 14. Three are in Central, says the province's daily report, and Western and Eastern have one each. One of the Central zone cases and the Western case are under investigation as possible community spread, while the other 12 infections are related to travel or previous patients. In some welcome news, the number of hospitalizations dropped from two Tuesday to one today, and that person is not sick enough to be in intensive care.

Our map and table below reveal the distribution of new, active and recovered cases in the community health networks. The Truro/Colchester network has nine of today's 14 new cases—all of the Northern zone's cases—with Halifax a distant second place with two new cases; Truro/Colchester and Halifax are tied with the most active cases in Nova Scotia at 16 active cases each.

Labs processed 2,229 COVID tests yesterday, the lowest total in a provincial report so far in September, and more than 500 tests below the current moving average of about 2,8000 daily tests. In vaccinations, clinic across Nova Scotia jabbed 1,817 arms yesterday, higher than the rolling daily average of about 1,400 doses, raising the province's fully vaccinated population very slightly (as our vax rate graph shows) to 71.73 percent.

Houstrang speaks at 3pm

New premier Tim Houston and chief medical officer of health Robert Strang are giving their second COVID-19 briefing today. It is scheduled to start at 3pm. You can watch live at and/or @nsgov on Facebook, or catch it later at the Nova Scotia government's YouTube page.

At their first briefing, in late August, Houstrang announced the Phase 5 reopening target of September 15, provided Nova Scotia reached 75 percent of the population fully vaccinated. But now September 15 is just one week away and the province isn't even 72 percent vaxxed (our chart of NS vaccination rate is below), so expect Houstrang to address the issue.

Our guess is for Houston to demonstrate responsible COVID leadership by pushing the reopening date back two weeks to September 29, and for Strang to demonstrate his particular form of leadership by sternly demanding that people hurry up and get that second dose of vaccine so we can open up the province already. Or maybe Strang wants to give an encore of his magic trick of pulling thousands of vaccinated-but-uncountable people out of his back pocket and say we've already hit the target. Presto!

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. 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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Click here for yesterday's COVID-19 news roundup, for September 7, 2021.

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