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56 new COVID cases reported in Simcoe-Muskoka today

There are 12 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 56 new COVID-19 cases and one new death in today's update (May 4). 

The death reported today was an Innisfil man between 45 and 64 years old who died on May 3. His case was linked to a workplace outbreak.

There are 1,526 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County.

The health unit has reported 3,578 variant cases confirmed to date, with 1,165 of those cases still active.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 10,703 cases of COVID-19 with 8,478 of those cases recovered and 226 cases ending in death. 

There are 48 people from Simcoe County and three people from Muskoka hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes four new hospitalizations since Friday.

To date, 202,641 people in Simcoe-Muskoka region have received their first dose of vaccination against COVID-19, which is about 32 per cent of the region's population. About three per cent of the population has received two doses of vaccine. 

There are 20 active COVID-19 outbreaks being tracked by the health unit, including three at long-term care homes all with fewer than five resident cases, three in congregate settings (two group homes and a shelter each with one case), one at a religious organization (10 cases), one at a real estate, rental, and leasing facility (five cases), two in child care settings, and 10 in workplaces.

For more on the ongoing outbreaks in the region, click here. 

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

  • Wasaga Beach (2): Two people between 18 and 34 years old. Both cases are linked to close contact. 
  • Barrie (15): Two youth under 18 years old, three people between 18 and 34 years old, six people between 35 and 44 years old, and four people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related, three were community-acquired, and one is linked to close contact. 
  • Springwater (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old.
  • Innisfil (6): Two youth under 18 years old, three people between 18 and 34 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is attributed to community transmission, and two were linked to close contact.
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (12): Four youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and six people between 45 and 64 years old. 
  • Ramara (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old.
  • Tiny (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old.
  • Georgian Bay (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Essa (6): Two youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, and two people between 45 and 64 years old. Three cases are linked to close contact. 
  • New Tecumseth (6): Two people between 35 and 44 years old and four people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related, and one was community-acquired.
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (1): One youth under 18 years old whose case is linked to close contact. 
  • There were four cases in Muskoka, including one in Huntsville, and three in Muskoka Lakes.

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 May 3. 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate* % of pop. with one dose of vaccine
Barrie 3,607 2,878 109 15 May 3 99 2,416 28.7%
Bradford W-G 1,827 1,416 35 13 May 3 226 4,252 28.8%
New Tecumseth  1,297 1,051 17 3 May 3 212 3,130 28.1%
Innisfil 1,010 761 12 6 May 3 191 2,494 28.1%
Orillia 244 187 8   May 2 33 729 36.7%
Collingwood 217 195 3 1 April 29   905 39.9%
Wasaga Beach 237 173 4 2 May 3 22 1,031 39.4%
Clearview 110 88 4   May 2   744 31.9%
Springwater 254 218 2   May 3 24 1,209 43.1%
Midland 190 162 6 1 May 1 34 1,059 41.6%
Oro-Medonte 189 150 4 2 April 30 34 811 30.8%
Adj-Tosorontio 181 141 1   May 3 112 1,553 22.3%
Essa 416 328 4 1 May 3 130 1,739 19.4%
Ramara 76 58   3 May 3 77 732 21.1%
Tiny 113 78 1   May 3 54 863 39%
Tay 106 96 2 1 May 2   958 38.3%
Penetanguishene 159 141 8   April 28   1,641 44.5%
Severn 68 56 2   May 1 33 454 42.4%

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


Erika Engel

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