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72 new COVID cases in Simcoe-Muskoka today

Three new cases in Innisfil today
2020-07-28 SMDHU offices 2
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 72 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths in its latest update posted Dec. 1. 

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

  • Wasaga Beach (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact transmission.
  • Barrie (30): Eleven youth under 18 years old, nine people between 18 and 34 years old, three people between 35 and 44 years old, five people between 45 and 64 years old, and two people between 65 and 79 years old. Six cases are linked to close contact transmission, five are listed as community-acquired (no known link) and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (6): Three youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and one between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact transmission, one is listed as community-acquired (no known link) and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Innisfil (3): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. All three cases are still under investigation.
  • Orillia (7): One youth under 18 years old, four people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. One case is linked to close contact transmission, one is listed as community-acquired (no known link), and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Ramara (1): One person between 35 and 44 years old whose case is linked to close contact transmission. 
  • Severn (3): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. Two cases are linked t close contact transmission and one is listed as community-acquired (no known link). 
  • Penetanguishene (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is still under investigation. 
  • Tay (5): Two youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, and one person between 45 and. 64years old. Four cases are linked to close contact transmission and one is still under investigation. 
  • Tiny (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is still under investigation.  
  • New Tecumseth (4): Two people between 18 and 34 years old and two people between 65 and 79 years old. All four cases are still under investigation. 
  • Essa (2): Two youth under 18 years old. One case is linked to close contact and the other is still under investigation. 
  • Muskoka District (8): Three people from Bracebridge, and five people from Huntsville. 

Included in the new cases reported today are 46 unvaccinated, five partially vaccinated, and 21 fully vaccinated people. 

There are currently 610 active cases in the region. 

Thirty people from Simcoe County and three people from Muskoka District are hospitalized with COVID-19. Six people are in the ICU. Of the hospitalized cases, 18 are unvaccinated, and nine were fully vaccinated. Six hospitalized cases were partially vaccinated. According to the health unit 35  per cent of hospitalized cases are under 60 years old.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 15,711 cases of COVID-19 with 14,823 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 nearly 78 per cent have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

Active Outbreaks 

Current school outbreaks in Simcoe County include: 

  • Innisdale Secondary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 29, two cases
  • Our Lady of Grace Elementary School, Angus, declared Nov. 29, two cases
  • Ferndale Woods Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 26, seven cases
  • Uptergrove Public School, Ramara, declared Nov. 26, three cases 
  • St. John Vianney Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 26, nine cases 
  • Unnamed private school, Simcoe County, declared Nov. 26, 20 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, 15 cases
  • ESC Nouvelle Alliance (secondary school), Barrie, declared Nov. 19, three 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, six cases
  • Severn Shores Public School, Cumberland Beach, declared Nov. 18, eight cases 
  • Maple Grove Public School, Barrie, declared Nov. 16, 14 cases
  • St. Marie of the Incarnation, Bradford, declared Nov. 15, nine cases
  • Monsignor Clair Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 15, eight cases
  • W.C. Little Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 12, 10 cases
  • Terry Fox Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 10, 10 cases
  • St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 1, 11 cases

A school in Huntsville has been closed. There have been 24 cases associated with an outbreak at Spruce Glen Public School. This is the first time the health unit has ordered a school in the region to close during the pandemic. 

An outbreak previously declared at Emma King Elementary School in Barrie was declared over on Nov. 30. There were nine cases associated with the outbreak. 

Other ongoing outbreaks reported in Simcoe County include: 

  • Waterford Retirement Residence, Barrie, declared Nov. 29, one staff and one resident case
  • Fitness and sports centre, Simcoe County, declared Nov. 26, eight cases
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 19, nine cases
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 1, 26 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 Dec. 1.

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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 257 236 2   Nov. 28 2,168 118 75.8%
Barrie 5,401 5,008 131 12 Nov. 30 3,521 128 85.1%
Bradford W-G 2,350 2,280 39 3 Nov. 30 5,383 30 84.9%
Clearview 174 164 5 2 Nov. 29 1,158   83.9%
Collingwood 305 295 4   Nov. 29 1,236 20 89.1%
Essa 622 590 5 2 Nov. 30 2,580 50 74%
Innisfil 1,477 1,432 21 1 Nov. 30 3,582 56 83.7%
Midland 246 227 6 2 Nov. 28 1,344 82 87%
New Tecumseth  1,732 1,695 19   Nov. 30 4,091 33 79.7%
Orillia 469 414 9 5 Nov. 30 1,387 95 89.5%
Oro-Medonte 298 279 6   Nov. 29 1,277 56 83.5%
Penetanguishene 255 239 8   Nov. 30 2,646 62 90.7%
Ramara 145 134 1   Nov. 30 1,387 67 86%
Severn 128 105 3 1 Nov. 30 854 113 84.6%
Springwater 394 369 2   Nov. 29 1,838 121 90.7%
Tay 150 145 3   Nov. 30 1,337 54 86.9%
Tiny 164 156 2   Nov. 30 1,222 37 79.3%
Wasaga Beach 391 360 5 2 Nov. 30 1,649 169 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. 21. N/A indicates fewer than five cases in a week