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132 new COVID cases in the region today, 36 in Bradford

There are 39 people from Simcoe County and one person from Muskoka hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes two new hospitalizations since yesterday
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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 has reported 132 new COVID-19 cases and one death in today's update (April 15).

The latest death reported was a man from Clearview between 65 and 79 years old. He died on April 12.

The health unit has also removed one previously-reported death of an Innisfil resident from the total number of COVID-related deaths in the region. 

There are 875 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County.

The health unit has reported 2,081 variant cases confirmed to date, with 443 of those cases still active. The region's medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner, said 96 per cent of the new cases coming to the health unit this week are variant strains.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 9,059 cases of COVID-19 with 7,650 of those cases recovered and 215 cases ending in death. 

There are 39 people from Simcoe County and one person from Muskoka hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes two new hospitalizations since yesterday. 

To date, 125,271 people in Simcoe-Muskoka region have received their first dose of a vaccination against COVID-19, which is about 20 per cent of the region's population. 

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

  • Wasaga Beach (4): Two youth under 18 years old and two people between 18 and 34 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact. 
  • Clearview (2): 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 (31): Seven youth under 18 years old, 10 people between 18 and 34 years old, three people between 35 and 44 years old, nine people between 45 and 64 years old, two people between 65 and 79 years old. Six cases are linked to close contact, and four are attributed to community transmission.
  • Springwater (2): One youth under 18 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. 
  • Innisfil (7): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, three people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. One case is attributed to community transmission, and two are linked to close contact.
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (36): Eight youth under 18 years old, six people between 18 and 34 years old, four people between 35 and 44 years old, 13 people between 45 and 64 years old, three people between 65 and 79 years old and one person over 79 years old. Seven cases are linked to close contact, one is outbreak-related and one is community-acquired.
  • Orillia (5): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, three people between 45 and 64 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact. 
  • Oro-Medonte (5): One person between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old, and two people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact.
  • Severn (1): One person between 35 and 44 years old. 
  • Midland (1): One person between 35 and 44 years old.
  • Penetanguishene (2): Two people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact, the other to community transmission. 
  • Tay (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old.
  • Tiny (4): One person between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, one person between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old.
  • Essa (2): One person between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is attributed to community transmission. 
  • New Tecumseth (19): One youth under 17 years old, five people between 18 and 34 years old, four people between 35 and 44 years old, seven people between 45 and 64 years old, and two people between 65 and 79 years old. Three cases are attributed to community transmission and three are linked to close contact.
  • There are eight new cases in Muskoka, including two in Huntsville, two in Gravenhurst, three in Bracebridge and one in Muskoka Lakes. 

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 15. 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie 3,092 2,640 107 13 April 14 119 2,071
Bradford W-G 1,506 1,233 33 5 April 14 305 3,503
New Tecumseth  1,110 950 17 6 April 14 198 2,679
Innisfil 807 681 9 5 April 13 155 1,978
Orillia 207 167 7   April 14 57 619
Collingwood 200 176 2 1 April 12 58 834
Wasaga Beach 187 149 4 1 April 14 74 813
Clearview 93 79 4   April 14   629
Springwater 229 208 2 1 April 14 43 1,090
Midland 174 149 6   April 14 67 970
Oro-Medonte 163 135 4 3 April 14 30 699
Adj-Tosorontio 142 123   1 April 11 129 1,219
Essa 351 308 4 1 April 13 113 1,468
Ramara 61 55     April 14   588
Tiny 88 65 1 1 April 14 130 672
Tay 100 93 2   April 14   903
Penetanguishene 158 119 8 1 April 14 83 1,630
Severn 62 52 2   April 14 47 414

*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 April 4. Where municipalities have had low or no weekly increase, no rate is included


Erika Engel

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