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Health unit reports 3 new hospitalizations, zero COVID deaths

Testing has captured 113 new COVID-19 cases in the region since the last update on June 3
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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 is reporting zero new deaths and three more people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the most recent update on June 7.

The health unit reported 22 COVID-19 deaths in May, 30 in April, and 25 in March. There have been no deaths reported in June.

There are 20 people from the region hospitalized because of COVID-19.

Testing has captured 113 new COVID-19 cases in the region since the last update on June 3. Because testing is not available to everyone, case counts are underestimated. 

The health unit has reduced its COVID reporting to once per week on Tuesdays beginning today.

Cases have been declining this month with 48 new cases reported to the health unit for the current week. There were 195 new cases reported during the week of May 29, which is down from from 248 cases reported during the week of May 22. There were 335 confirmed cases reported the week of May 15. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 45,787 cases of COVID-19, with 44,995 of those cases recovered and 496 cases ending in death.

Of the deaths reported by the health unit since March 2020, 428 were COVID-19-related, 56 deaths were not related to COVID-19 but the person tested positive, and for 12 of them, the cause of death is unknown or pending.

To date, 83 per cent of the population aged five years old and up are fully vaccinated with two or more doses, and 18 per cent of the region’s total population (including children) is unvaccinated.

According to monitoring of the region’s hospitals by the health unit, 58 per cent of the region’s ICU beds are full and 48 per cent of the ventilator beds are occupied. Acute care occupancy is highest with 88 per cent of the beds in the region currently full.


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