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74 new COVID cases in region since Friday, two in Collingwood

There is one new case in Wasaga Beach also included in today's update
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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 74 new COVID-19 cases in its latest update published Sept. 13.

Today's update is the first since Friday.

Included in the new cases are 50 unvaccinated individuals, five partially vaccinated people, and 19 fully vaccinated people.

The new cases reported today are as follows: 

  • Collingwood (2): One person between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 45 and 64 years old. Both cases are still under investigation. 
  • Wasaga Beach (1): One youth under 18 years old whose case is linked to travel. 
  • Springwater (3): Three people between 18 and 34 years old. One case is linked to close contact transmission, one is listed as community-acquired (no known link) and one is still under investigation. 
  • Barrie (15): Seven youth under 18 years old, four people between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old, one person between 45 and 64 years old, one person between 65 and 79 years old. Two cases are listed as community-acquired (no known link) and one case is linked to close contact transmission. The remaining cases are still under investigation. 
  • Innisfil (10): One youth under 18 years old, three people between 18 and 34 years old, five people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. One case is listed as community-acquired and the remaining cases are still under investigation. 
  • Bradford (7): Two youth under 18 years old, and five people between 18 and 34 years old. Three cases are listed as community-acquired and one case is linked to close contact transmission. The rest of the cases are still under investigation. 
  • Orillia (3): One person between 18 and 34 years old and two people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact and the other two are still under investigation. 
  • Ramara (3): Two youth under 18 years old and one person between 18 and 34 years old. One case is linked to close contact and the other two are still under investigation. 
  • Oro-Medonte (2): One youth under 18 years old and one person between 18 and 34 years old. One case is linked to close contact. 
  • Penetanguishene (2): Two people between 65 and 79 years old. Both cases are linked to close contact transmission. 
  • Severn (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old whose case is listed as community-acquired (no known link).
  • Midland (2): One person between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is listed as community-acquired (no known link) and the other is under investigation. 
  • Tiny (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is still under investigation. 
  • Essa (8): Two youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, three people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. The transmission source for all eight cases is still under investigation. 
  • New Tecumseth (8): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, three people between 45 and 64 years old. Two cases are listed as community-acquired (no known link) and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old whose case is still under investigation. 
  • Muskoka District (5): One person is from Bracebridge, two people are from Huntsville, one person is from Gravenhurst, and one person is from Muskoka Lakes.

There are currently 261 active cases in the region. 

Thirteen people from Simcoe County and one person from Muskoka District are hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes one new hospitalization since Friday.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 13,203 cases of COVID-19 with 12,686 of those cases recovered and 256 cases ending in death. 

The health unit has confirmed 5,743 of the region's cases were variant strains. There are 205 lab-confirmed variant cases still active.

The variant case breakdown includes: 

4,007 alpha cases,
168 gamma cases, 
34 beta cases,
873 delta cases,
and 661 cases have screened positive and are awaiting further testing.

According to the health unit, 76 per cent of the population 12 years and older living in Simcoe-Muskoka have received both doses of vaccine and another seven per cent have had their first vaccine dose.

Approximately 27 per cent of the total population of Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) is unvaccinated and 67 per cent is fully vaccinated. 

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. 13.

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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 216 211 2   Sept. 11 1,822 60.7%
Barrie 4,363 4,176 121 3 Sept. 12 2,844 75.8%
Bradford W-G 2,165 2,104 38 1 Sept. 12 4,959 73.3%
Clearview 143 137 5   Sept. 7 951 69.7%
Collingwood 258 249 3   Sept. 11 1,046 85.5%
Essa 536 504 4 1 Sept. 12 2,224 77.8%
Innisfil 1,304 1,263 18 3 Sept. 11 3,163 69.7%
Midland 210 199 6   Sept. 11 1,147 80%
New Tecumseth  1,582 1,531 18 3 Sept. 12 3,737 72.8%
Orillia 351 332 8   Sept. 11 1,038 82.9%
Oro-Medonte 241 226 5   Sept. 11 1,033 88%
Penetanguishene 206 196 8   Sept. 10 2,138 83.2%
Ramara 118 113 1   Sept. 11 1,129 64.6%
Severn 92 87 3   Sept. 10 613 59.8%
Springwater 306 297 2   Sept. 12 1,428 83.5%
Tay 126 121 2   Sept. 9 1,123 82.6%
Tiny 138 134 2   Sept. 11 1,028 71.4%
Wasaga Beach 297 279 5 2 Sept. 9 1,240 78.6%

~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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