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One Collingwood man among 47 new COVID cases in region today

The health unit is reporting one death today
2020-07-28 SMDHU offices 1
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit offices are located on Sperling Drive in north-end Barrie. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 47 new COVID-19 cases in the region and one death. 

The death reported today was an Innisfil resident, and is the second person from Innisfil to die after contracting COVID-19. 

The new cases reported today include 22 Barrie residents, one Collingwood resident, eight Bradford West Gwillimbury residents, three Innisfil residents, two Orillia residents, and two Midland residents.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 4,866 cases of COVID-19 with 3,548 of those cases recovered and 92 cases ending in death. There are 1,197 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

There are 40 people from Simcoe County hospitalized, which includes six new hospitalizations reported today.

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital reported staff are currently caring for one COVID positive inpatient.

There have been 14,185 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administered in Simcoe Muskoka to health care workers in local hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as to all eligible long-term care home residents.

As of today, 710 individuals from the region have received both doses of the vaccine.

The health unit also reported yesterday all eligible residents in long-term care homes across the region have received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. However, news of a delay in vaccine supplies has pushed the health unit to reconsider its local rollout plans. 

The new cases reported in Simcoe County and Muskoka District today include:

  • Collingwood (1): A man between 18 and 34 years old.
  • Barrie (22): Three women and a man between 18 and 34 years old, one woman between 35 and 44, four women and three men between 45 and 64, five women between 65 and 79 years old, and four women and one man over the age of 80. nine cases are outbreak-related, one is travel-related, four are linked to close contact, and one is attributed to community transmission. 
  • Springwater (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Innisfil (3):  A man between 35 and 44 years old, a woman between 45 and 64 years old, and an individual between 65 and 79 years old. One case is outbreak-related.
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (8): A woman and a man between 18 and 34 years old, a man between 35 and 44 years old, three women and one man between 45 and 64 years old and a woman over 80. Three cases are outbreak-related and one is attributed to community transmission. 
  • Orillia (2): A man between 35 and 44 years old, and a woman between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related.
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  • Midland (2): A girl under 18 and a man between 18 and 34 years old. Both cases are attributed to close contact.
  • Tiny (1): A woman between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact. 
  • Essa (1): A woman between 18 and 34 years old whose case is outbreak-related.
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (2): Two women between 45 and 64 years old. One is linked to close contact, the other to community transmission. 
  • New Tecumseth (3): A woman between 18 and 34 years old, a man between 45 and 64y ears old nad a man between 65 and 79 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact. 
  • In Muskoka, there is one new case in Bracebridge today. 

The health unit has also declared COVID outbreaks (all of which are still ongoing) at the following health care facilities: 

  • Trillium Manor, Orillia, Dec. 14
  • Georgian Manor, Penetanguishene, Dec. 27
  • Villa Retirement Lodge, Midland, Jan 2
  • Grove Park Home (Aspen), Barrie, Jan. 4
  • Roberta Place (Long-term care home), Barrie, Jan. 8
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (two units), Barrie, Jan. 9
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Awenda A&B), Penetanguishene, Jan. 9
  • Waterford Retirement Community (phase 2), Barrie, Jan. 12
  • Bradford Valley Care Community (facility-wide), Bradford, Jan. 14
  • IOOF (Baldwin Lane), Barrie, Jan. 15

The provincial government requires an outbreak be declared at a retirement or long-term care home where one staff or resident tests positive. There does not have to be evidence of spread within the home for an outbreak to be declared. In most other cases, the health unit does not declare an outbreak unless there is evidence of transmission at the facility. 

For more one the local trajectory of COVID-19 from the health unit, click here.

The health unit does sometimes remove a case or move them based on further investigation of location data. The chart below reflects updated totals for each municipality as reported by the health unit on Jan. 19.

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported to health unit Weekly Incidence Rate*
Barrie 1,474 1,024 28 12 Jan. 19 124
Bradford W-G 799 580 17 11 Jan. 19 182
New Tecumseth  679 530 15 3 Jan. 19 87
Innisfil 409 323 2 4 Jan. 19 76
Orillia 128 79 6   Jan. 19 33
Collingwood 99 69 1   Jan. 19 46
Wasaga Beach 119 83 2 2 Jan. 14 78
Clearview 60 51 2   Jan. 16 Not available
Springwater 143 101 1   Jan. 19 38
Midland 116 75 5 3 Jan. 19 50
Oro-Medonte 90 63 3 1 Jan. 18 43
Adjala-Tosorontio 84 63     Jan. 19 Not available
Essa 215 177 1 1 Jan. 19 38
Ramara 50 39     Jan. 14 Not available
Tiny 46 31 1 2 Jan. 19 61
Tay 61 49 2 1 Jan. 11 Not available
Penetanguishene 73 37 3   Jan. 13 52
Severn 38 29     Jan. 16 Not available 

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people for the week of Jan. 10.

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital