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23 new COVID cases confirmed in Simcoe-Muskoka since Friday, one in Collingwood

There are 16 Simcoe County residents currently hospitalized with COVID-related illnesses
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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 23 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths today (June 21). 

The deaths reported today include one Innisfil resident and one Bradford West Gwillimbury resident. One was a male between 45 and 64 years old, and he died on June 13. and The other was a woman between 35 and 44 years old who died on June 7.

There are 144 active cases in the region. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 12,222 cases of COVID-19 with 11,410 of those cases recovered and 248 cases ending in death.

There are 16 people from Simcoe County hospitalized with COVID-19 related illness, and that includes four new hospitalizations since Friday's update. 

The health unit has reported a total of 4,856 variant strain cases, with 86 of those still active. 

Today's update also includes the following information on variants of concern: 

  • To date 3,971 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern B.1.1.7 (alpha), 164 cases have tested positive for the P.1 (gamma) variant of concern, 32 cases have tested positive for the B.1.351 (beta) variant of concern, 20 cases have tested positive for the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant of concern, and an additional 669 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing).
    • Note: all B.1.617 cases are currently presumed to be of the B.1.617.2 (delta) lineage as it is the dominant B.1.617 strain in Ontario.

To date, 383,223 Simcoe-Muskoka residents (63.4 per cent of the population) region have received their first dose of vaccination against COVID-19, and 99,359 people (16.4 per cent of the population) have also received a second dose. 

According to the health unit, 20 per cent of the region's adult population (aged 18 and over) have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and another 54 per cent have received one dose. The remaining 26 per cent is unvaccinated. 

The new cases reported in Simcoe County and Muskoka District today include (case transmission is under investigation unless otherwise specified). 

  • Collingwood (1): One person over 79 years old whose case is listed as community-acquired (no link discovered). 
  • Springwater (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is outbreak-related.
  • Barrie (9): Two youth under 18 years old, four people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and two people between 65 and 79 years old. Seven cases are linked to close contact transmission and one is listed as community-acquired (no link discovered). 
  • Innisfil (5): Four youth under 18 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. All five cases are linked to close contact transmission. 
  • Orillia (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as close contact transmission. 
  • Ramara (1): One person over 79 years old whose case is linked to close contact. 
  • Severn (1): One person over 79 years old. 
  • Penetanguishene (2): One person between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 65 and 79 years old. One case is listed as community-acquired (no link discovered). 
  • New Tecumseth (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as community-acquired (no link discovered). 
  • There is one new case in Muskoka, a person between 35 and 44 years old from Bracebridge. 

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 June 21). 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate* % of pop. with one dose of vaccine
Barrie 4,086 3,784 118 3 June 20 14 2,663 61.2%
Bradford W-G 2,066 1,948 38 1 June 16   4,733 59.6%
New Tecumseth  1,485 1,412 18 2 June 19   3,507 59%
Innisfil 1,208 1,139 17 2 June 19 19 2,930 55.3%
Orillia 305 276 8 1 June 18   902 70.4%
Collingwood 239 221 3 1 June 18   969 73.1%
Wasaga Beach 258 237 5   June 17   1,088 68.5%
Clearview 133 122 4 1 June 16   885 57.8%
Springwater 280 269 2   June 18   1,306 67.7%
Midland 198 184 6   June 4   1,082 67.7%
Oro-Medonte 215 193 5   June 14   922 74.7%
Adj-Tosorontio 206 194 1 1 June 6   1,738 50.6%
Essa 461 440 4 1 June 2   1,912 61.9%
Ramara 102 96   1 June 19   976 55.4%
Tiny 130 121 2   May 26   976 62.2%
Tay 116 111 2   June 10   1,034 69.8%
Penetanguishene 192 159 8 1 June 19 114 1,992 71.7%
Severn 81 74 2 1 June 19   540 50.9%

*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

***Weekly incidence rate is the number of cases per 100,000 people reported for the week of June 6. Where municipalities have had low or no weekly increase, no rate is included



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