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11 Innisfil residents residents among 144 COVID cases reported in region since Friday

There are 24 people in the county hospitalized for the virus
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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 144 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in its update today, which includes all cases reported to the health unit since Friday, Feb. 19.

The two deaths reported today were both men over 80 years old whose cases were linked to the outbreak at Bradford Valley Care Community. Both died on Feb. 20.

According to the health unit, 171 local cases have tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the UK and an additional 187 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing). 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,242 cases of COVID-19 with 5,457 of those cases recovered and 186 cases ending in death. There are 556 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

There are 24 people from Simcoe County and one person from Muskoka hospitalized with COVID-19. There have been five new hospitalizations since yesterday's update. 

The health unit has administered 34,146 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka to health care workers in local hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as to all eligible long-term care home residents. The health unit reports more than 15,000 people in the region have received both required doses of the vaccine. 

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

  • Collingwood (2): A man and a woman between 18 and 34 years old whose cases are attributed to community transmission. 
  • Wasaga Beach (2): Two women between 18 and 34 years old whose cases are linked to close contact. 
  • Barrie (77): Ten youth under 18 years old, 46 people between 18 and 34 years old, five people between 35 and 44 years old, 14 people between 45 and 64 years old, and two people between 65 and 79 years old. Five cases are outbreak-related, eight are linked to community transmission, and 31 are linked to close contact.
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (23): Six youth under 18, seven people between 18 and 34 years old, five people between 35 and 44 years old, four people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. Eight cases are linked to close contact, one is outbreak-related, and two are attributed to community transmission. 
  • Innisfil (11): Three youth under 18, four people between 35 and 44, three people between 45 and 64, and one man between 65 and 79 years old. Three case are linked to close contact, three were community-acquired, and two are outbreak-related.
  • Orillia (2): Two women between 18 and 34 years old. One case is attributed to community transmission. 
  • Penetanguishene (8): Two people between 18 and 34, two people between 35 and 44, three people between 45 and 64, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. All eight cases are outbreak-related. 
  • Tay (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old. 
  • Tiny (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old.
  • Essa (2): One person between 18 and 34, and one between 35 and 44. 
  • New Tecumseth (9): Two youth under 18, a person between 18 and 34 years old, four people between 45 and 64,  and two people between 65 and 79. Four cases are linked to close contact. 
  • There are six new cases in Muskoka, including four in Huntsville, one in Gravenhurst and one in Bracebridge. 

For a list of ongoing outbreaks at 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 Feb. 22.

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported to health unit Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie 2,116 1,417 98 10 Feb. 21 1,417
Bradford W-G 983 873 25 11 Feb. 21 2,228
New Tecumseth  787 712 15 1 Feb. 21 1,899
Innisfil 538 485 5 1 Feb. 21 1,320
Orillia 152 128 7 1 Feb. 19 454
Collingwood 139 120 2   Feb. 19 580
Wasaga Beach 136 119 3   Feb. 21 591
Clearview 72 63 3   Feb. 16 487
Springwater 172 159 1   Feb. 18 819
Midland 128 111 6   Feb. 17 714
Oro-Medonte 119 111 4   Feb. 13 511
Adj-Tosorontio 102 99     Feb. 12 875
Essa 262 251 2   Feb. 20 1,096
Ramara 50 49     Feb. 3 482
Tiny 52 49 1   Feb. 21 389
Tay 77 66 2   Feb. 19 696
Penetanguishene 106 77 7   Feb. 21 1,094
Severn 41 39 2   Feb. 7 274

*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