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Health unit confirms 27 new COVID cases in Simcoe County today

There are four new cases in Bradford
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 confirmed 29 new cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka region today, including 27 in Simcoe County. 

There are three youth among today's cases, one from Barrie (male), one from New Tecumseth (female), and one from Clearview (male). The transmission sources in all three cases is under investigation. 

Including the boy, there are 10 new cases reported in Barrie today. The remaining nine are individuals between 18 and 34 years old, with three travel-related cases, five close-contact cases, and one community-acquired case, which is also the lone female case for the city today.

There are two new cases in Orillia today including a woman between 18 and 34 years old (close contact) and a woman between 45 and 64 years old (travel-related). 

Including the youth case, there are seven new cases in New Tecumseth today including a woman and a man between 35 and 44 years old. The woman's case is listed as community-acquired, the man's case is listed as under investigation.  The remaining four cases are two woman and three men between 18 and 34 years old. Two cases are close contact and the other two are under investigation. 

Four of today's cases are Bradford West-Gwillimbury residents including a woman between 45 and 64 years old (close contact), a man between 18 and 34 years old (close contact), a man between 35 and 44 years old and a man between 65 and 79 years old. The latter two cases are still under investigation. 

The remaining five cases include an Oro-Medonte resident (45-64), two Bracebridge residents, an Essa resident (45 to 64), and an Innisfil woman between 45 and 64 years old who was a close contact of a known case.

There are currently three cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Simcoe County District School Board schools, including Admiral Collingwood Elementary, Bear Creek Secondary School and Twin Lakes Secondary School. Classrooms have been closed at Admiral and Bear Creek.  There are five confirmed school-related cases within Simcoe Muskoka District Catholic School Board facilities, and there are six classrooms closed. The schools include St. Paul's Catholic School (Alliston), St. John Vianney Catholic School (Barrie), St. Angela Merici Catholic School (Bradford), Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School (Barrie), and Father F.X. O'Reilly Catholic School (Tottenham).

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 872 cases of COVID-19, with 812 of those in Simcoe County. There are now 740 cases listed as recovered. There are no hospitalizations reported on the health unit website. Thirty-eight people have died.

The health unit indicates there are 77 unrecovered cases in Simcoe County, and 80 active cases in the region. 

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of Sept. 28

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 304 252 14   Sept. 28 204
Bradford W-G 154 133 12   Sept. 28 358
New Tecumseth 102 89 2   Sept. 28 246
Innisfil 60 55     Sept. 28 147
Orillia 25 17 2   Sept. 28 75
Collingwood 17 17     Sept. 20 71
Wasaga Beach 23 19 1   Sept. 22 100
Clearview 10 8 1   Sept. 28 68
Springwater 16 15 1   Sept. 9 76
Midland 12 12     July 24 67
Oro-Medonte 11 8 2   Sept. 17 47
Adjala-Tosorontio 10 9     Sept. 22 86
Essa 21 19 1   Sept. 28 88
Ramara 13 13     Sept. 8 125
Tiny 7 7     Aug. 28 not released
Tay 9 9     July 23 81.3
Penetanguishene 10 9 1   Sept. 22 92.9
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.