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27 people from Simcoe-Muskoka hospitalized for COVID-19, 6 in ICU

358 new cases captured by limited lab testing in the region on Jan. 13
2021-12-07 Health unit Sperling RB 1
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit offices are located on Sperling Drive in Barrie.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reporting no new hospitalizations, no new deaths, and 358 new cases captured by limited lab testing in the region on Jan. 13.

Twenty-seven Simcoe-Muskoka residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and there are seven in the ICU. 

As of Jan. 12, the health unit is no longer providing a geographical breakdown of new cases because testing is being reserved for those living and working in high-risk congregate settings and those who become hospitalized, and therefore no longer indicates the true spread of COVID in the community. 

Included in the new cases reported today are 43 unvaccinated, six partially vaccinated, and 201 fully vaccinated people. Most people who are eligible for testing are also subject to mandatory vaccination policies from the province or in their workplace.

According to the health unit, the rate of hospitalization for COVID-19 in those aged 12 years or older is 11 times higher than for fully vaccinated individuals. Those who are not vaccinated are also 22 times more likely to end up in the ICU, and the rate of death is seven times higher. 

Since July 18, 2021, COVID hospitalizations in the region have included 152 unvaccinated people, 15 partially vaccinated people and 60 fully vaccinated people. 

In the same time frame, COVID-related ICU admissions have included 42 unvaccinated people and nine fully vaccinated people. 

Of the deaths reported since July, 25 people were unvaccinated and 15 were fully vaccinated. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 27,047 cases of COVID-19 with 18,100 of those cases recovered and 296 cases ending in death. 

Of the total population in Simcoe-Muskoka (including children under five), 35 per cent has had three doses of a COVID vaccine, 41 per cent has had two doses, five per cent has had one dose, and the remaining 19 per cent of the population is not vaccinated. 

There are 91 active outbreaks in the region including 45 at institutional settings such as long-term care/retirement homes and hospitals, 37 at congregate settings (shelters, group homes), and nine at educational settings (child care). 

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