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Midland woman dies from COVID-19, health unit reports 88 new cases today

There is one new local case, involving a Penetanguishene man between 45 and 64 years old
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 88 new COVID-19 cases in the region today, 86 of which are in Simcoe County.

The health unit has also reported nine new deaths today, including one in Midland, one in Oro-Medonte and seven in Barrie.

The local death was a woman between 65 and 79 years old, who died on Jan. 19 at Georgian Bay General Hospital. Her case was linked to an outbreak at Villa Retirement Lodge in Midland.

Among those whose deaths the health unit reported today were seven people whose cases were linked to the outbreak at Roberta Place in Barrie, including five women over 80 years old who died on Jan. 19, one woman over 80 who died on Jan. 20, and one woman between 45 and 64 years old who died on Jan. 19 The Oro-Medonte death involves a woman between 65 and 79 years old, who died at Royal Victoria Regional Hospital on Jan. 20.

The new cases reported today include one Penetanguishene resident, 52 Barrie residents, four Bradford West Gwillimbury residents, 12 Innisfil residents, and three Orillia residents.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 4,941 cases of COVID-19 with 3,618 of those cases recovered and 101 cases ending in death. There are 1,193 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

There are 37 people from Simcoe County hospitalized, which includes four new hospitalizations reported today.

There have been 14,413 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administered in Simcoe Muskoka to health care workers in local hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as to all eligible long-term care home residents.

As of today, 927 individuals from the region have received both doses of the vaccine.

The new cases reported in Simcoe County and Muskoka District today include:

  • Penetanguishene (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old whose case is outbreak-related
  • Barrie (52): Five boys under 18, six women and five men between 18 and 34 years old, five women and two men between 35 and 44 years old, five women and seven men between 45 and 64 years old, five women and two men between 65 and 79 years old, and seven women and three men over the age of 80. Seventeen cases are outbreak-related, 13 are linked to close contact, and four are attributed to community transmission. 
  • Springwater (2): A boy under 18 (outbreak-related) and a man between 35 and 44 years old (community-acquired). 
  • Innisfil (12):  A boy under 18, three women and a man between 18 and 34 years old, three women and a man between 35 and 44 years old, a man and a woman between 45 and 64 years old, and a woman between 65 and 79 years old. Four cases are linked to close contact, one to travel, two to outbreaks, and one to community transmission. 
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (4): Two boys under 18, a woman between 18 and 34 years old and a woman between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related and one is community-acquired.
  • Orillia (3): A man between 35 and 44 years old, and two men between 65 and 79 years old. One case is outbreak-related and one is linked to close contact. 
  • Oro-Medonte (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old whose case is attributed to community transmission. 
  • Severn (1): A woman between 45 and 64 years old whose case is outbreak-related. 
  • Essa (5): A  boy under 18, a woman between 18 and 34 years old, and two women between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact and one to an outbreak. 
  • New Tecumseth (5): Two women and two men between 18 and 34 years old and a woman between 45 and 64 years old. Three cases are outbreak-related and two are linked to close contact.
  • In Muskoka, there is a new case in Bracebridge and in Huntsville today. 

The health unit has also declared COVID outbreaks (all of which are still ongoing) at the following health care facilities: 

  • Trillium Manor, Orillia, Dec. 14
  • Grove Park Home (Aspen), Barrie, Jan. 4
  • Roberta Place (Long-term care home), Barrie, Jan. 8
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (two units), Barrie, Jan. 9
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Awenda A&B), Penetanguishene, Jan. 9
  • Bradford Valley Care Community (facility-wide), Bradford, Jan. 14
  • IOOF (Baldwin Lane), Barrie, Jan. 15
  • The Pines Long Term Care Residence, Bracebridge, Jan. 20 
  • Kingsmere Retirement Living, Alliston, Jan. 20

Outbreaks declared at Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene (Dec. 27) Waterford Retirement Community in Barrie (Jan. 12) and Villa Retirement Lodge in Midland (Jan. 2) have now been declared over. 

The provincial government requires an outbreak be declared at a retirement or long-term care home where one staff or resident tests positive. There does not have to be evidence of spread within the home for an outbreak to be declared. In most other cases, the health unit does not declare an outbreak unless there is evidence of transmission at the facility. 

For more one 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 Jan. 19.

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported to health unit Weekly Incidence Rate*
Barrie 1,515 1,043 35 13 Jan. 20 124
Bradford W-G 802 592 17 9 Jan. 20 182
New Tecumseth  684 541 15 3 Jan. 20 87
Innisfil 421 329 2 3 Jan. 20 76
Orillia 131 80 6   Jan. 20 33
Collingwood 98 73 1   Jan. 18 46
Wasaga Beach 119 87 2 2 Jan. 14 78
Clearview 60 51 2   Jan. 16 Not available
Springwater 144 104 1   Jan. 19 38
Midland 115 76 6 1 Jan. 19 50
Oro-Medonte 91 65 4   Jan. 20 43
Adjala-Tosorontio 84 65     Jan. 19 Not available
Essa 220 179 1 1 Jan. 20 38
Ramara 51 39   1 Jan. 16 Not available
Tiny 46 31 1 2 Jan. 19 61
Tay 63 49 2 2 Jan. 19 Not available
Penetanguishene 74 38 3   Jan. 20 52
Severn 38 30     Jan. 20 Not available 

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people for the week of Jan. 10.

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