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Four local COVID-19 cases among 34 reported in region today

New cases include a Penetanguishene woman and three Tay residents between 18 and 34 years old
2020-07-28 SMDHU offices 3
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 34 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in today's update. 

There are currently 431 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County.

According to the health unit, 205 local cases have tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the UK, which is up by 14 cases since last report. There are seven active cases confirmed as the B.1.1.7 strain.

There are also 378 cases that have screened positive as variants (awaiting confirmatory testing to determine which variant), which is up by 40 cases since yesterday. There are 134 active cases that have screened positive as a variant of concern.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,554 cases of COVID-19 with 5,880 of those cases recovered and 189 cases ending in death. 

There are 18 people from Simcoe County hospitalized with COVID-19. This includes one new hospitalization since yesterday.

The health unit has administered 44,078 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka.  

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

  • Penetanguishene (1): A woman between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Tay (3): A woman and two men between 18 and 34 years old. 
  • Collingwood (1): A youth under 18 years old whose case is attributed to community transmission. An outbreak at a local apartment building has now been declared over. There were 25 confirmed cases linked to the outbreak, and several were confirmed as the B.1.1.7 variant strain.
  • Clearview (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old whose case is attributed to close contact. This case was reported to the health unit in January but was reported publicly for the first time today
  • Barrie (21): A youth under 18 years old, 14 people between 18 and 34 years old, a woman between 35 and 44 years old, and two women and three men between 45 and 64 years old. Two cases are outbreak-related, and eight are linked to close contact. 
  • Innisfil (1): A man between 18 and 34 years old whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (2): A woman and a man between 18 and 34 years old. 
  • Orillia (1): A youth under 18 years old.
  • Essa (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 whose case is attributed to community transmission.
  • New Tecumseth (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact.

For a list of ongoing outbreaks at institutions, long-term care and retirement homes and hospitals in the region, click here.

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 March 1. 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie 2,271 1,975 98 5 Mar. 2 72 1,521
Bradford W-G 1,009 930 28 9 Mar. 2 75 2,348
New Tecumseth  807 754 15 3 Mar. 2 41 1,947
Innisfil 559 517 5 1 Mar. 2 54 1,372
Orillia 161 133 7   Mar. 2 24 481
Collingwood 144 133 2   Mar. 2   600
Wasaga Beach 138 125 3   Feb. 26   600
Clearview 75 66 3   Feb. 28   507
Springwater 174 163 1   Feb. 25   828
Midland 128 116 6   Feb. 17   714
Oro-Medonte 129 115 4   Feb. 28 39 554
Adj-Tosorontio 105 102     Feb. 26   901
Essa 269 258 2   Mar. 2   1,125
Ramara 52 50     Feb. 22   501
Tiny 59 52 1   Feb. 23 61 451
Tay 83 73 2   Mar. 2   750
Penetanguishene 125 78 7   Feb. 28 196 1,279
Severn 41 39 2   Feb. 7   274

*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 Feb. 21. Where municipalities have had low or no weekly increase, no rate is included