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21 new COVID cases reported in Simcoe-Muskoka Friday

The case reported yesterday in Collingwood has been transferred to another health unit
2020-07-28 SMDHU offices 2
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 21 new COVID-19 cases in its update published Sept. 24.

Included in the new cases are nine unvaccinated individuals, seven partially vaccinated people, and five fully vaccinated people.

The new cases reported in the region today are as follows: 

  • Barrie (10): One youth under 18 years old, five people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and three people between 45 and 64 years old. Four cases are linked to close contact transmission and six are still under investigation. 
  • Innisfil (2): One person between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 65 and 79 years old. One case is linked to close contact and one is still under investigation. 
  • Bradford (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as community-acquired (no known link). 
  • Oro-Medonte (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as community-acquired (no known link). 
  • Midland (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is linked to close contact transmission.
  • Tay (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is still under investigation. 
  • Tiny (2): Two people between 65 and 79 years old. Both cases are linked to close contact transmission.
  • Muskoka District (3): One case in Bracebridge, one case in Huntsville, and one in Muskoka Lakes.

There are currently 169 active cases in the region. 

Seven people from Simcoe County are hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes three new hospitalizations since yesterday's report.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 13,417 cases of COVID-19 with 12,989 of those cases recovered and 259 cases ending in death. 

According to the health unit, 78 per cent of the population 12 years and older living in Simcoe-Muskoka have received both doses of vaccine and 84 per cent have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

Approximately 26 per cent of the total population of Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) is unvaccinated and 68.6 per cent is fully vaccinated. 

There are four school outbreaks in the region, with no additional outbreaks since yesterday's report.

There is an active outbreak at Monsignor Clair Public School in Barrie. There are three confirmed cases linked to the school, and the outbreak was declared on Sept. 22. Two classrooms are closed, but the school remains open. 

On Sept. 20, the health unit declared an outbreak at W.H. Day Public School in Bradford where there are three cases. One classroom is closed.

On Sept. 17, the health unit declared an outbreak at Alliston Union Public School, there are four cases there. One classroom is closed. 

On Sept. 15, the health unit declared an outbreak at Fieldcrest Elementary School in Bradford, there are two cases there. One classroom is closed. 

The schools are still open, but the impacted cohort(s) have been instructed to self-isolate.

The health unit declares a school outbreak where there is evidence of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 at the school. 

For more on the vaccination status of Simcoe-Muskoka cases and hospitalizations, click here.

Anyone born in 2009 or earlier living in Simcoe-Muskoka region can book their first or second dose of vaccine online via Ontario vaccine booking system. More appointments are added regularly for clinics throughout the region.

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 Sept. 24.

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Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Cumulative incidence rate* % of 12+ pop. with two doses of vaccine
Adj-Tosorontio 220 217 2   Sept. 14 1,856 62.1%
Barrie 4,425 4,249 124 2 Sept. 23 2,884 77.8%
Bradford W-G 2,194 2,132 38 1 Sept. 23 5,026 75.2%
Clearview 144 138 5   Sept. 16 958 71.6%
Collingwood 266 257 3   Sept. 18 1,078 87%
Essa 546 532 4 2 Sept. 20 2,265 80%
Innisfil 1,315 1,288 18   Sept. 20 3,185 71.6%
Midland 217 207 6   Sept. 23 1,185 81.8%
New Tecumseth  1,610 1,575 18 1 Sept. 22 3,803 74.6%
Orillia 355 343 8   Sept. 20 1,050 84.8%
Oro-Medonte 245 237 5   Sept. 23 1,050 89.6%
Penetanguishene 207 199 8   Sept. 14 2,148 84.8%
Ramara 122 119 1   Sept. 19 1,167 65.9%
Severn 91 88 3   Sept. 3 607 61%
Springwater 310 305 2   Sept. 21 1,446 85.4%
Tay 129 124 2   Sept. 23 1,150 84.5%
Tiny 142 137 2   Sept. 23 1,058 72.7%
Wasaga Beach 305 294 5 1 Sept. 21 1,287 79.9%

~Fully-vaccinated means an individual whose second dose was 14 or more days before the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

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

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




Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor. She has 12 years of experience as a local journalist.
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