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Health unit reports 30 new COVID cases in Simcoe County today

There are no new cases in Orillia; Health unit says 191 local cases have been confirmed as the UK variant strain with another 352 screening positive as a variant strain
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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 32 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in today's update. Officials say 30 of the cases are in Simcoe County and two are in Muskoka.

There are currently 468 active, lab-confirmed cases in the region, most of which are in Simcoe County.

According to the health unit, 191 local cases have tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the UK, which is up by one case since last report. 

There are also 352 cases that have screened positive as variants (awaiting confirmatory testing to determine which variant), which is up by 44 cases since yesterday.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 6,525 cases of COVID-19 with 5,816 of those cases recovered and 189 cases ending in death. 

There are 18 people from Simcoe County hospitalized with COVID-19. This includes one new hospitalization since yesterday.

The health unit has administered 43,439 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka.  

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

  • Collingwood (1): A woman between 65 and 79 years old whose case is under investigation.
  • Barrie (25): A youth under 18, six women and 13 men between 18 and 34 years old, two women and two men between 45 and 64 years old, and a woman between 65 and 79 years old. Ten cases are linked to close contact, four cases are outbreak-related, and two are attributed to community transmission.
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old.
  • Tay (1): A woman between 18 and 34 years old. 
  • Essa (1): A woman between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact.
  • New Tecumseth (1): A woman between 65 and 79 years old whose case is attributed to community transmission.
  • There is one new case in Huntsville and one in Bracebridge.

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 March 1. 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie 2,254 1,946 98 6 Mar. 1 70 1,510
Bradford W-G 1,007 917 28 8 Feb. 27 72 2,344
New Tecumseth  806 747 15 3 Feb. 28 39 1,945
Innisfil 558 515 5 1 Feb. 28 54 1,370
Orillia 160 133 7   Feb. 28 24 478
Collingwood 143 130 2   Mar. 1   596
Wasaga Beach 138 123 3   Feb. 26   600
Clearview 75 66 3   Feb. 28   507
Springwater 174 162 1   Feb. 25   828
Midland 128 116 6   Feb. 17   714
Oro-Medonte 129 116 4   Feb. 28 39 554
Adj-Tosorontio 105 101     Feb. 26   901
Essa 267 257 2   Mar. 1   1,116
Ramara 52 50     Feb. 22   501
Tiny 59 51 1   Feb. 23 61 451
Tay 80 73 2   Mar. 1   723
Penetanguishene 124 78 7   Feb. 28 196 1,279
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

***Weekly incidence rate is the number of cases per 100,000 people reported for the week of Feb. 21. Where municipalities have had low or no weekly increase, no rate is included