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Health unit reports 35 new COVID cases in region today

There are 3 new cases in Bradford
2020-07-28 SMDHU offices 1
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 35 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in today's update. 

There are currently 439 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County.

According to the health unit, 216 local cases have tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the UK, which is up by 11 cases since last report. There are seven active cases confirmed as the B.1.1.7 strain.

Of the 11 cases confirmed as B.1.1.7 variants, six are sporadic cases, three are from institutional outbreaks and two are from workplace outbreaks. 

There are also 382 cases that have screened positive as variants (awaiting confirmatory testing to determine which variant), which is up by 15 cases since yesterday. There are 138 active cases that have screened positive as a variant of concern.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,589 cases of COVID-19 with 5,906 of those cases recovered and 189 cases ending in death. 

There are 19 people from Simcoe County hospitalized with COVID-19. This includes one new hospitalization since yesterday.

The health unit has administered 45,199 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka.  

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

  • Barrie (18): Ten individuals between 18 and 34 years old, four men between 35 and 44 years old, and three women and a man between 45 and 64 years old. Eight cases are linked to close contact, two are attributed to community transmission, and one is outbreak-related. 
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (3): Two men between 18 and 34 years old, and one woman between 35 and 44 years old. One case is linked to close contact. 
  • Orillia (3): A woman between 18 and 34 years old, a man between 35 and 44 years old, and an individual between 45 and 64 years old. All three cases are linked to close contact. 
  • Penetanguishene (3): Two men between 18 and 34 years old and a man between 35 and 44 years old. 
  • Tay (1): A woman between 45 and 64 years old. 
  • Tiny (1): A man between 65 and 79 years old.
  • Severn (2): A woman and a man between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact. These are the first cases reported in Severn since Feb. 7.
  • New Tecumseth (2): A man between 18 and 34 years old and a man between 35 and 44 years old. 
  • There is one case in Gravenhurst and another case with location information listed as pending.

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 March 4. 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie 2,289 1,986 98 5 Mar. 3 72 1,533
Bradford W-G 1,012 932 28 9 Mar. 3 75 2,355
New Tecumseth  809 755 15 4 Mar. 3 41 1,952
Innisfil 559 517 5 1 Mar. 2 54 1,372
Orillia 164 138 7   Mar. 3 24 490
Collingwood 144 133 2   Mar. 2   600
Wasaga Beach 138 126 3   Feb. 26   600
Clearview 75 66 3   Feb. 28   507
Springwater 174 163 1   Feb. 25   828
Midland 128 116 6   Feb. 17   714
Oro-Medonte 129 115 4   Feb. 28 39 554
Adj-Tosorontio 105 102     Feb. 26   901
Essa 269 259 2   Mar. 2   1,125
Ramara 52 50     Feb. 22   501
Tiny 60 56 1   Feb. 23 61 451
Tay 84 73 2   Mar. 2   750
Penetanguishene 128 78 7   Mar. 3 196 1,279
Severn 43 39 2   Mar. 3   274

*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 Feb. 21. Where municipalities have had low or no weekly increase, no rate is included