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Zero new COVID deaths, 2 hospitalizations in Simcoe-Muskoka

Starting Tuesday, health unit COVID updates will be posted once a week
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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 two more people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the most recent update on June 3.

The health unit reported 22 COVID-19 deaths in May, 30 in April, and 25 in March. 

There are 18 people from the region hospitalized because of COVID-19.

Testing has captured 79 new COVID-19 cases in the region since the last update on June 1. Because testing is not available to everyone, case counts are underestimated. 

Cases have been declining this month with 138 new cases reported to the health unit for the current week, down 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 45,677 cases of COVID-19, with 44,848 of those cases recovered and 496 cases ending in death.

Of the deaths reported by the health unit since March 2020, 426 were COVID-19-related, 56 deaths were not related to COVID-19 but the person tested positive, and for 14 of them, the cause of death is unknown or pending.

To date, 84 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.

There are seven active outbreaks in Simcoe-Muskoka, down from 10 outbreaks on May 27. All seven outbreaks are in institutional settings (hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes).

A list of outbreaks is available on the health unit website.

According to monitoring of the region’s hospitals by the health unit, 67 per cent of the region’s ICU beds are full and 32 per cent of the ventilator beds are occupied. Acute care occupancy is highest with 92 per cent of the beds in the region currently full.

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