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Outbreak declared at Penetanguishene retirement home

Midland man, Severn Township woman among two new cases reported today
2018-07-27 Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit RB
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit office on Sperling Drive in Barrie. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

The region's health unit is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 and a new long-term care outbreak today. 

The outbreak is at Georgian Residences retirement home in Penetanguishene. According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, a COVID-19 outbreak must be declared if there is one positive test result in a resident or a member of staff.

There are two cases linked to the outbreak at the retirement home. One reported yesterday – a woman over the age of 80  – is a resident at the facility. One reported today, a woman between 18 and 34 years old from Severn, is also linked to the outbreak.

The second case reported today is a man between 18 and 34 years old from Midland. His case is community-acquired.

The regional health unit has reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe County in the last ten days (July 14-24). Nearly half of the cases (16 cases) reported in the last ten days have been from Barrie.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 647 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region to date, with 616 of those reported in Simcoe County. 

Thirty-six people have died in Simcoe County and Muskoka and the health unit has reported 573 recoveries. The incidence rate for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 108.5 cases per 100,000 people in the population. 

There are 37 active cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe County including four people hospitalized, according to the health unit's July 24 epidemiological report. There is one active, hospitalized case in Muskoka District.

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of July 24

Municipality  Total cases   Recoveries   Deaths   In Hospital   Last case reported   Incidence rate* 
Barrie 200 170 14   July 23 134
Bradford W-G 125 112 12   July 23 290.9
New Tecumseth 81 78 1 1 July 20 195.5
Innisfil 53 49   1 July 23 130.1
Orillia 18 15 2   July 22 53.8
Collingwood 16 15     July 20 66.7
Wasaga Beach 15 14 1   June 19 65.2
Clearview 8 7 1   June 15 not released
Springwater 15 14 1   July 20 71.4
Midland 12 7   1 July 24 66.9
Oro-Medonte 8 5 2   July 17 not released
Adjala-Tosorontio 9 9     June 16 77.2
Essa 18 15 1   July 23 66.9
Ramara 10 10     June 23 96.3
Tiny 6 5     July 16 not released
Tay 9 8     July 23 not released
Penetanguishene 7 6   1 July 23 not released
Severn 5 5     July 24 not released

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.


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