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Two local COVID-19 cases among 84 reported in region today

The health unit also reports two deaths in its latest update
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 84 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in today's update (April 7).

The deaths reported today include one Bradford West Gwillimbury residents and one Innisfil resident.

There are 681 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County.

The health unit has reported 1,525 cases have screened positive and/or been confirmed with sequencing as variant cases. Of those, 316 are still active cases. Screening and sequencing tests can take several days, and sometimes results are not returned until after the individual has recovered. 

Sequencing and PCR tests have confirmed 1,124 cases of the B.1.1.7 (variant strain that originated in the UK) in Simcoe Muskoka. There have also been 18 cases of the P.1 variant that first originated in Brazil in the region and two cases of the B.1.351 strain that originated in South Africa.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 8,208 cases of COVID-19 with 7,226 of those cases recovered and 205 cases ending in death. 

There are 41 people from Simcoe County hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes four new hospitalizations since Thursday. Thirteen people are in intensive care units. The ICU patients range in age from 30 to over 80 years old. 

The health unit has administered 111,788 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka, with 2,186 doses given yesterday. 

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

  • Midland (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old. 
  • Tiny (1): One person between 65 and 79 years old.    
  • Collingwood (4): Two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact. 
  • Barrie (25): Five youth under 18 years old, 17 people between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old, one person between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. Three cases are attributed to community transmission and two are linked to close contact. 
  • Springwater (2): Two people between 18 and 34 years old. 
  • Innisfil (9): Two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, three people between 45 and 64 years old, two people between 65 and 79 years old, and one person over 79 years old. One case is attributed to community transmission. 
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (16): Two youth under 18 years old, five people between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old, six people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. 
  • Orillia (4): One person between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. 
  • Essa (5): One person 18 and 34 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old, and two people between 65 and 79 years old. One case is linked to close contact and one to community transmission. 
  • New Tecumseth (11): Four youth under 18 years old, three people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, two people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person over 79 years old. 
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (4): Two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and one person 45 and 64 years old.  
  • There are two new cases in Muskoka, both in Huntsville. 

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 April 7. 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie 2,866 2,503 104 15 April 6 86 1,920
Bradford W-G 1,323 1,152 32 6 April 6 223 3,079
New Tecumseth  1,010 893 17 5 April 6 162 2,437
Innisfil 727 630 8 4 April 6 118 1,784
Orillia 187 161 7 1 April 6 30 559
Collingwood 187 156 2 1 April 6 121 780
Wasaga Beach 161 145 3 3 April 5 30 700
Clearview 84 76 3 1 April 5   568
Springwater 213 195 2   April 6 48 1,014
Midland 161 142 6   April 6 45 898
Oro-Medonte 141 131 4   April 5 26 605
Adj-Tosorontio 128 118   2 April 6   1,099
Essa 324 300 2 1 April 6 59 1,355
Ramara 57 55     Mar. 25   549
Tiny 63 59 1   April 6   481
Tay 62 89 2 1 April 3   867
Penetanguishene 152 117 7 1 April 5   1,568
Severn 55 48 2   April 4   367

*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 Mar. 28. Where municipalities have had low or no weekly increase, no rate is included