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No locals among region's 11 new COVID-19 cases reported today

A 12th resident at a Bradford nursing home has died
2018-07-27 Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit RB
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit office on Sperling Drive in Barrie. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

The local public health unit is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the region today. None of those cases are from Orillia, Ramara, Severn or Oro-Medonte Township.

There are three more confirmed cases in residents at Owen Hill Care Community, including two women in their 80s and one woman in her 90s.

A resident living at Bradford Valley Care Community has died. The woman in her 90s died on May 11, and she is the 12th resident at the facility to die as a result of the outbreak.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is also reporting two cases in youth, with a case in a boy under 10 from Bradford West Gwillimbury and a boy between 10 and 19 from Barrie. Both are ruled close contact transmission.

There are two staff from long-term care facilities in outbreak among today’s cases, including a woman in her 30s from New Tecumseth and a woman in her 50s from Bradford West-Gwillimbury. The health unit confirmed both women work at facilities outside of the Simcoe-Muskoka region.

There are two more community-acquired cases out of Barrie including a man and a woman in their 20s.

One of the new cases is a Clearview woman in her 30s, who is believed to have contracted the virus through close contact.

The highest occurrence of cases is in people aged 45 to 64 years old (117 cases) followed by those aged 18 to 34 years old (92).

There are now 12 people from the region hospitalized with COVID-19.

SMDHU is reporting current COVID-19 outbreaks at five long-term care facilities, four of which are in Simcoe County.

Those homes include Bradford Valley Care Community, Owen Hill Care Community (Barrie), Bayview Retirement Home Waubaushene), Whispering Pines Retirement Residence (Barrie) and Muskoka Traditions (Huntsville).

As of yesterday, Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the health unit, confirmed there have been a total of 15 staff and 24 residents at Owen Hill confirmed positive for COVID-19. As of today, six residents have died, and another three residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total cases in residents to 27.

Gardner also reported yesterday there have been 35 residents and 11 staff confirmed positive for COVID-19 in Bradford Valley. As of today, 12 residents have died.

According to the update posted today, there have been a total of 69 cases confirmed in long-term care residents in the region, and 36 cases in staff working at long-term care facilities. It is unknown if they contracted the virus through work or via community transmission.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed 390 cases of COVID-19 in the Simcoe-Muskoka region, including 229 recoveries and 31 deaths.

The breakdown of cases in each municipality is as follows:

Barrie (132 cases, 67 recoveries, 9 deaths, 1 in hospital), Bradford West Gwillimbury (88 cases, 56 recoveries, 12 deaths, 2 in hospital), New Tecumseth (32 cases, 19 recoveries, 2 in hospital, one death), Orillia (15 cases, 11 recoveries, 2 deaths), Collingwood (11 cases, 8 recoveries, 2 in hospital), Innisfil (29 cases, 14 recoveries, 1 in hospital), Springwater (6 cases, 4 recoveries, 1 death), Midland (6 cases, all recovered), Wasaga Beach (11 cases, 6 recoveries, 1 death), Oro-Medonte (5 cases, 2 recoveries, 2 deaths, 1 in hospital), Adjala-Tosorontio (7 cases, all recovered), Clearview (7 cases, 2 recoveries, one death), Essa (7 cases, 5 recoveries, 1 death), Ramara (5 cases, 2 recoveries), Tiny (2 cases, all recovered), Tay (4 cases, 1 in hospital), Penetanguishene (2 cases, all recovered), and Severn (3 cases, 1 recovered) for a total of 372 cases in Simcoe County, including 214 recoveries and 11 hospitalizations.

There are also 18 confirmed positive cases in Muskoka, and 15 have recovered, one person from Muskoka Lakes has died.

The case rate (including lab-confirmed cases only) for Simcoe-Muskoka region is 64 cases per 100,000 population. The provincial average is 142.9 cases per 100,000 population.