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Eight new COVID cases in Simcoe-Muskoka confirmed today

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported cases in Barrie, Bradford West-Gwillimbury, Midland, Tay Township and New Tecumseth today. 
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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit office on Sperling Drive in Barrie. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

The region's health unit has confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe County plus one more case whose location is not yet listed. 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported cases in Barrie, Bradford West-Gwillimbury, Midland, Tay Township and New Tecumseth today. 

The health unit last reported a case in Midland two months ago on April 29. Today's case, a man over the age of 80, is the seventh case reported in the municipality. The transmission source for this new case is still under investigation. 

Similarily, Tay Township hasn't had a reported case in more than a month with the last positive result in a resident reported on May 19. Today's reported case is a woman between the ages of 45 and 64 and her case is community-acquired. 

There are two cases reported in Barrie today, a man between 65 and 79 who is a close contact of a known case, and a man between 18 and 34 whose case is associated with travel. 

There is one new case in Bradford, a woman between 45 and 64 years old, and the transmission source remains under investigation. 

The New Tecumseth case is workplace related, and the person who tested positive is a woman between 45 and 64 years old. 

The final case reported today is a man between 18 and 34, but the man's location and transmission source are still pending. 

The health unit previously reported the ages of positive cases within a ten year window (ie. 60s, 70s), but today has changed the way it reports demographic age groups. According to the health unit website, the change to six age groups is in line with "usual reporting practices and to better protect the privacy of cases." 

There are two active COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes in Simcoe County, including Simcoe Manor in Beeton (one resident case), and Stayner Care Centre in Stayner (one staff case). 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed 600 cases of the coronavirus in the region to-date, and reported 491 of those cases as recovered. There have been 36 deaths linked to COVID in the region since March.

There are 73 active cases of COVID-19 in the region (69 in Simcoe County), including four people who have been hospitalized with the virus.

The average incidence rate for the province of Ontario is 234.9 cases per 100,000 people, and the rate for Simcoe County is 108.7 cases per 100,000 people. 

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of June 29

Municipality  Total cases   Recoveries   Deaths   In Hospital   Last case reported   Incidence rate* 
Barrie 183 149 14   June 29 122.6
Bradford W-G 124 103 12   June 29 288.6
New Tecumseth 76 54 1 2 June 29 183.4
Innisfil 49 40   1 June 29 120.3
Orillia 18 16 2   June 23 53.8
Collingwood 15 15     May 19 62.5
Wasaga Beach 15 13 1   June 19 65.2
Clearview 8 6 1   June 15 not released
Springwater 13 11 1   June 22 61.9
Midland 7 6     June 29 not released
Oro-Medonte 6 4 2   June 1 not released
Adjala-Tosorontio 9 9     June 16 77.2
Essa 15 13 1   June 19 62.7
Ramara 10 8     June 23 96.3
Tiny 4 4     June 22 not released
Tay 6 5     June 29 not released
Penetanguishene 6 6     June 12 not released
Severn 10 8   1 June 23 66.8

*Incidence rate is the number of cases per 100,000 of the population for that municipality




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