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COVID cases and news for Nova Scotia on Wednesday, Jul 14

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.

The 74.97 percent target

The vaccination numbers reported by the province today follow the pattern of recent weeks, where the vast majority of shots—more than 19,000 of the 20,194 jabs given out yesterday—go to people who are getting their second dose. (See The Coast's vaccination rate chart below.) This means just 1,180 people got their first dose yesterday, the fewest who've gone from unvaccinated to vaccinated in a day in at least two months. And this also means Nova Scotia is reporting that only 74.1 percent of the population has at least one dose of vaccine, even though we're supposed to be at 75 percent (or higher) before moving to Phase 4.

Chief medical officer of health Robert Strang says 8,000 Nova Scotian military personnel have been vaccinated by the Armed Forces, and they haven't yet been added to the province's system for public reporting. If we add them to the provincial total, Nova Scotia would now be at 74.97 percent vaccinated with at least one dose. Is that close enough to 75 percent? Strang clearly thinks so.

0 new cases, dozens of old variant cases

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Reopening status
Phase 4

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 4 reopening day is also a zero day, as the province reports no new infections. Congratulations all around for Nova Scotia!

Three people have recovered from their COVID infections since yesterday's report, pushing the province's caseload down to 28. This is the first time Nova Scotia has had fewer than 30 active cases since April 1, which is 104 days and 4,180 new infections ago.

Like yesterday, there are only two people with COVID in hospital, one of whom is in ICU. And testing is way up from the low numbers reported Tuesday: The province says local labs processed 3,691 tests yesterday, the highest daily count in the last week.

In the midst of all this good news, however, the province is putting out some sobering information today. "The National Microbiology Lab confirmed 20 Delta variant cases and 36 Alpha variant cases," says the provincial report. "These cases were previously reported."

On June 11, we got the first confirmation that delta made it to Nova Scotia, so today's variant numbers aren't exactly a surprise. But 20 cases of delta? And 36 of alpha, the mutation formerly known as the UK variant? These are big numbers when Nova Scotia is reporting zero cases, and they still have the power to shock.

Strankin speaking at 3pm

Premier Iain Rankin and chief medical officer of health Robert Strang are giving one of their regular COVID-19 briefings 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.

Happy Phase 4 day!

Nova Scotia entered Phase 4 of the COVID reopening plan this morning at 8am. Here are some of the changes to COVID restrictions.

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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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 July 13, 2021.

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