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13 new COVID cases confirmed in Simcoe County today

A resident of Simcoe Manor has died, becoming the sixth person to die during the outbreak at the Beeton long-term care home
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 confirmed 14 more COVID-19 cases in the region today, and one more COVID-related death. 

A resident at Simcoe Manor long-term care home in Beeton has died. This is the sixth resident to die during the current outbreak at the county-run nursing home. There is also a new case in a female resident at the home. She is over 80 years old. 

Among today's reported cases are 13 individuals from Simcoe County, including six Barrie residents. 

The Barrie cases include three women between 18 and 34 and a woman between 45 and 64 years old, all of whom are close contact. The other two Barrie cases – a woman between 45 and 64 years old and a man between 45 and 64 years old – are under investigation. 

There's one new case in Orillia, this one travel-related, in a woman between 18 and 34 years old. 

Innisfil has three new cases today, a man and a woman between 35 and 44 years old whose cases are attributed to close contact and a man between 18 and 34 years old whose case is under investigation. 

A man between 45 and 64 years old from Bradford West Gwillimbury has tested positive for COVID-19 after being identified as a close contact of another known case.

The other two cases include an Oro Medonte man between 65 and 79 years old whose case is under investigation and a Muskoka Lakes man between 18 and 34 whose case is attributed to an outbreak at an educational setting. The outbreak is, however, not in the Simcoe-Muskoka region.

While there have been school cases identified in Simcoe County, there are no outbreaks in educational settings because the health unit has not discovered evidence of transmission of COVID-19 in the school or daycare settings. 

The health unit has reported a record-high number of cases this month. More cases have been reported in the first 16 days of this month than have been reported in any other full month since the start of the pandemic. 

This week the health unit reported 93 new COVID-19 cases, which is down from 110 cases reported from Oct. 4-10. One-quarter of the cases reported in October have been associated with the outbreak at Simcoe Manor long-term care home in Beeton.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 1,121 cases of COVID-19, with 1,049 of those in Simcoe County. There are now 954 cases listed as recovered. Five people are currently hospitalized The health unit has recorded 44 deaths.

The incidence rate for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 189 cases per 100,000 people.

Case breakdown from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit by municipality for Simcoe County as of Oct. 16

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 370 325 14   Oct. 16 248
Bradford W-G 200 171 12 1 Oct. 16 465
New Tecumseth 172 120 8 1 Oct. 15 415
Innisfil 81 73   1 Oct. 16 199
Orillia 27 22 2 1 Oct. 16 81
Collingwood 19 19     Oct. 13 79
Wasaga Beach 25 24 1   Oct. 14 109
Clearview 12 11 1   Oct. 1 81
Springwater 20 18 1   Oct. 14 95
Midland 12 12     July 24 67
Oro-Medonte 14 9 2   Oct. 16 56
Adjala-Tosorontio 13 11     Oct. 13 112
Essa 31 25 1 1 Oct. 14 130
Ramara 13 13     Sept. 8 125
Tiny 7 7     Aug. 28 not released
Tay 12 12     Oct. 8 108
Penetanguishene 14 10 1   Oct. 15 144
Severn 7 7     July 27 not released

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

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