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Two Collingwood residents among 45 new COVID cases reported in region today

The health unit reports there are 90 cases in the region that have been confirmed as the B.1.1.7 variant strain (UK) of COVID-19
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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 45 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the region in its update today (Feb. 3). 

The deaths reported today include three Barrie residents, all women over 80, who were residents at Roberta Place. Two of the women died on Feb. 2 and one on Feb. 1. The fourth death was an Innisfil resident, also a woman over the age of 80, whose case is linked to the outbreak at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. She died on Feb. 1.

Roberta Place long-term care home in Barrie has reported a total of 66 resident deaths during the outbreak confirmed to be the B.1.1.7 (UK) strain of COVID-19. Waypoint Centre has reported four patient deaths

The health unit reported 84 COVID-related deaths of Simcoe-Muskoka region residents in January.

According to the health unit, 90 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern UK B.1.1.7 and an additional 57 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing). 

The new cases reported today include two Collingwood residents, 17 Barrie residents, two Bradford West Gwillimbury residents, four Innisfil residents, one Orillia resident, and one Midland resident. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 5,548 cases of COVID-19 with 4,384 of those cases recovered and 159 cases ending in death. There are 968 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

There are 37 people from Simcoe County and one person from Muskoka is hospitalized, which includes five new hospitalization reported since Friday.

There have been 17,737 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. The health unit reports nearly 2,200 people in the region have received both required doses of the vaccine. 

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

  • Collingwood (2): A woman between 18 and 34 years old whose case is linked to close contact and a woman between 65 and 79 years old.
  • Wasaga Beach (1): A woman between 65 and 79 years old whose case is outbreak-related
  • Barrie (17): A boy under 18, two women and four men between 18 and 34 years old, a man between 35 and 44, four women and two men between 45 and 64, a man and a woman between 65 and 79, and a man over 80. Four cases are outbreak-related, four are linked to close contact, and three were community-acquired. 
  • Springwater (1): A woman between 65 and 79 years old whose case is outbreak-related.
  • Innisfil (4): A boy and a girl under 18, and two women between 35 and 44 years old.
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (2): A boy and a girl under 18 years old. One case is linked to close contact.
  • Orillia (1): A boy under 18 whose case was community-acquired.
  • Midland (1): A woman between 18 and 34 years old whose case is outbreak-related.
  • Penetanguishene (2): A woman between 18 and 34 years old and a woman between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related.
  • Tiny (2): A man between 35 and 44 years old and a man between 45 and 64 years old. Both cases are linked to close contact with another case or cases. 
  • Essa (1): A man between 35 and 44 years old whose case was community-acquired. 
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (1): A woman between 18 and 34 years old.
  • New Tecumseth (8): A woman and two men between 18 and 34 years old, two women and one man between 35 and 44 years old, and two men between 65 nad 79 years old. Five cases were community-acquired, and two are linked to close contact. 
  • There are two new cases in Muskoka located in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. 

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
  • Grove Park Home (Aspen, Willow, Pine), 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, Penetanguishene, Jan. 9
  • Bradford Valley Care Community (facility-wide), Bradford, Jan. 14
  • Kingsmere Retirement Living, Alliston, Jan. 20
  • Muskoka Shores Care Community, Gravenhurst, Jan. 22
  • Amica Little Lake retirement home, Barrie, Jan. 30. 
  • Mill Creek Care Centre, Barrie, Jan. 31
  • Georgian Manor (Willow), Penetanguishene, Feb. 1
  • There is one outbreak at an unnamed child care centre in Barrie

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 on 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 Feb. 3.

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported to health unit Weekly incidence rate* Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie~ 1,814 1,318 88 18 Feb. 2 103 1,215
Bradford W-G~ 874 728 18 4 Feb. 2 88 2,034
New Tecumseth  732 619 15 2 Feb. 2 29 1,766
Innisfil 480 390 3 6 Feb. 2 76 1,178
Orillia 146 102 6 3 Feb. 2 27 436
Collingwood~ 110 91 1   Feb. 2 29 459
Wasaga Beach 125 109 3 1 Feb. 2 Not available 544
Clearview 65 53 2   Feb. 1 Not available 440
Springwater 157 125 1   Feb. 2 43 747
Midland 121 96 6   Feb. 2 Not available 675
Oro-Medonte~ 106 82 4   Feb. 1 39 455
Adj-Tosorontio~ 93 77     Feb. 2 Not available 798
Essa 238 202 2 2 Feb. 1 38 995
Ramara 50 47     Jan. 16 Not available 482
Tiny 51 38 1 1 Feb. 2 Not available 389
Tay 67 56 2   Jan. 29 Not available 605
Penetanguishene 87 50 4   Feb. 2 Not available 898
Severn 42 32     Jan. 31 Not available  281

~February 3: 9 cases (2 Barrie, 2 Collingwood, Oro-Medonte, Essa, Adjala-Tosorontio, and Bradford W-G) were removed as they were assigned to different Public Health Units or were considered duplicate entries.    

*Weekly incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people for the week of Jan. 24. If the number is not available, there have not been enough cases in that municipality for the week to publish a figure.

*Cumulative incidence rate is the number of cases per 100,000 people reported to date

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

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