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243 new COVID cases in Simcoe-Muskoka over the weekend

Nine 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 reported 243 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths in its latest update posted Nov. 29.

The new cases reported in the region today are as follows:  

  • Collingwood (4): Three people between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 35 and 44 years old. One case is listed as community-acquired (no known link), and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Wasaga Beach (8): Four youth under 18 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old, and two people between 45 and 64 years old. All eight cases are still under investigation.
  • Barrie (116): 46 youth under 18 years old, 25 people between 18 and 34 years old, 11 people between 35 and 44 years old, 26 people between 45 and 64 years old, and eight people between 65 and 79 years old. 23 cases are linked to close contact, 13 are outbreak-related, seven are listed as community-acquired (no known link), and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Springwater (7): Three youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and one person over 79 years old. One case is outbreak-related, one is linked to close contact, and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (9): Four youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, and three people between 35 and 44 years old. Two cases are outbreak-related, one is listed as community-acquired (no known link), and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Innisfil (11): Five youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and three people between 45 and 64 years old. Three cases are outbreak-related, two are linked to close contact and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Orillia (10): Two youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, two people between 45 and 64 years old, one person between 65 and 79 years old, and one person over 79 years old. Three cases are linked to close contact, one is listed as community-acquired (no known link), and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Oro-Medonte (7): Two youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, and three people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Ramara (3): One youth under 18 years old and two people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related and the other two are still under investigation. 
  • Severn (12): Four youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, three people between 45 and 64 years old, two people over 79 years old. Four cases are linked to close contact, one is outbreak-related, one is listed as community-acquired (no known link), and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Midland (4): Two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person over 79 years old, and one person whose age was not specified. All four cases are still under investigation. 
  • Penetanguishene (3): One person between 18 and 34 years old, and two people between 45 and 64 years old. One case. is linked to close contact and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Tay (5): Two youth under 18 years old, two people between. 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old. Four cases are linked to close contact transmission and one is still under investigation. 
  • Tiny (5): One person between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 45 and 64 years old, and two people between 65 and 79 years old. All four cases are linked to close contact transmission. 
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (5): Three youth under 18 years old, and two people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • New Tecumseth (6): Two people between 18 and 34 years old and four people between 65 and 79 years old. All cases are still under investigation.  
  • Essa (10): Five youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak related, one is linked to close contact, one is listed as community-acquired (no known link), and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Muskoka District (18): 15 people from Huntsville, one from Bracebridge, one person from Georgian Bay Township, and one person from Gravenhurst. 

Included in the new cases reported today are 155 unvaccinated, nine partially vaccinated, and 79 fully vaccinated people. 

There are currently 681 active cases in the region. 

Twenty-four people from Simcoe County and three people from Muskoka District are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 15,588 cases of COVID-19 with 14,628 of those cases recovered and 278 cases ending in death. 

More than 74 per cent of the population living in Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) have received both doses of vaccine and 77 per cent have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

Active Outbreaks 

Current school outbreaks in Simcoe County include: 

  • Ferndale Woods Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 26, three cases
  • Uptergrove Public School, Ramara, declared Nov. 26, three cases 
  • St. John Vianney Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 26, eight cases 
  • Unnamed private school, Simcoe County, declared Nov. 26, 13 cases
  • Monsignor Lee Catholic elementary school, Orillia, declared Nov. 24, two cases
  • Hewitt's Creek Public School, Barrie, declared Nov. 22, six cases
  • Tosorontio Central Public School, Everett, declared Nov. 22, 13 cases
  • ESC Nouvelle Alliance (secondary school), Barrie, declared Nov. 19, two cases. 
  • ES Le Caron secondary school, Penetanguishene, declared Nov. 19, seven cases
  • Forest Hill Public School, Midhurst, declared Nov. 19, five cases
  • St. Ann's elementary school, Penetanguishene, declared Nov. 19, two cases
  • West Bayfield Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 18, seven cases
  • Trillium Woods Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 18, five cases
  • Severn Shores Public School, Cumberland Beach, declared Nov. 18, seven cases 
  • Emma King Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 17, nine cases
  • Maple Grove Public School, Barrie, declared Nov. 16, 12 cases
  • St. Marie of the Incarnation, Bradford, declared Nov. 15, six cases
  • Monsignor Clair Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 15, five cases
  • W.C. Little Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 12, 10 cases
  • Terry Fox Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 10, eight cases
  • St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 1, 11 cases

An outbreak previously declared Nottawa Elementary School in Clearview Township is now over. There were three cases associated with the outbreak.

Other ongoing outbreaks reported in Simcoe County include: 

  • Fitness and sports centre, Simcoe County, declared Nov. 26, five cases
  • Mapleview Community Church, Barrie, declared Nov. 4, 29 local cases (with more cases in people who live outside the region)
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 19, nine cases
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 1, 26 cases
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 8, seven cases.

Breakdown by municipality

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 Nov. 29.

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Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Cumulative incidence rate* Weekly incidence rate*** % of 12+ pop. with two doses of vaccine
Adj-Tosorontio 257 232 2   Nov. 28 2,168 101 75.8%
Barrie 5,347 4,936 131 8 Nov. 28 3,485 125 85.1%
Bradford W-G 2,338 2,272 39 2 Nov. 28 5,356 48 84.8%
Clearview 173 162 5 2 Nov. 22 1,151 47 83.9%
Collingwood 304 293 4   Nov. 28 1,232 24 89%
Essa 614 585 5 3 Nov. 28 2,547 42 73.9%
Innisfil 1,473 1,420 21 1 Nov. 28 3,573 53 83.6%
Midland 246 222 6 2 Nov. 28 1,344 33 87%
New Tecumseth  1,727 1,690 19   Nov. 27 4,079 40 79.6%
Orillia 452 404 9 3 Nov. 28 1,337 33 89.4%
Oro-Medonte 297 276 6   Nov. 28 1,273 21 83.5%
Penetanguishene 254 236 8   Nov. 27 2,636 83 90.7%
Ramara 145 134 1   Nov. 27 1,387 48 86%
Severn 125 98 3   Nov. 28 834 73 84.6%
Springwater 391 362 2   Nov. 28 1,824 42 90.7%
Tay 149 139 3 1 Nov. 27 1,329 62 86.9%
Tiny 164 156 2   Nov. 27 1,222 N/A 79.2%
Wasaga Beach 389 346 5 2 Nov. 28 1,641 34 86%

~Fully-vaccinated means an individual whose second dose was 14 or more days before the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

*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 COVID-19 incidence rate per 100,000 by municipality for week of Nov. 14. N/A indicates fewer than five cases in a week


Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and community editor. She has 13 years of experience as a local journalist
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