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Orillia boy among 110 new COVID cases in the region

The health unit has also reported a new case in Severn Township; There are 38 people from Simcoe County hospitalized due to the virus
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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 110 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in the region since Friday. 

The two deaths include a Barrie woman between 65 and 79 years old who died on Jan. 31 and whose case is linked to the outbreak at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. The second death was a Barrie man over 80 years old who died on Feb. 1. 

According to the health unit, 128 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern UK B.1.1.7 and an additional 59 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing). 

Earlier this week, the province started screening all positive COVID-19 tests for variants of concern.

The new cases reported today include 13 Collingwood residents, 26 Barrie residents, 27 Bradford West Gwillimbury residents, two Midland residents, 13 Innisfil residents, and one Orillia resident.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 5,752 cases of COVID-19 with 4,638 of those cases recovered and 169 cases ending in death. There are 907 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

There are 38 people from Simcoe County and one from Muskoka district hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes eight new hospitalizations reported since Friday.

There have been nearly 22,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administered 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 5,700 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): 

  • Orillia (1): A boy under 18 years old whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Collingwood (13): Two girls and a boy under 17, four women and a man between 18 and 34 years old, a man between 35 and 44, a woman between 45 and 64, a woman and a man between 65 and 79, and a man over 80. Twelve cases are reported as outbreak-related, though the place of outbreak is not specified. 
  • Clearview (2): A man between 18 and 34 years old and a woman between 45 and 64 years old. Both cases are outbreak-related.
  • Wasaga Beach (5): Two women and a man between 18 and 34 years old, two women between 45 and 64 years old. Four cases are outbreak-related.  
  • Barrie (26): Two girls under 18, a woman and four men between 18 and 34 years old, five men between 35 and 44, five women and seven men between 45 and 64, a woman between 65 and 79, and a woman over 80. Nine cases are linked to close contact, three cases are community-acquired, and four cases are outbreak-related.
  • Springwater (3): A man between 18 and 34 years old, a man between 35 and 44, and a man between 65 and 79 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact.  
  • Innisfil (13): Two boys under 18, five women and a man between 18 and 34 years old, a woman between 35 and 44, a woman between 45 and 64, and two men and a woman between 65 and 79 years old. Five cases are linked to close contact and two were community-acquired.  
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (27): A girl and a boy under 18, five women and four men between 18 and 34 years old, one woman and three men between 35 and 44, five women and one man between 45 and 64 years old, one woman between 65 and 79, and a woman and a man over 80. Three cases are outbreak-related, four are linked to close contact, and five were community-acquired. 
  • Midland (2): A man between 18 and 34 years old and a woman between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related and one was community-acquired. 
  • Tiny (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact. 
  • Tay (1): A boy under 18 whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Penetanguishene (3): A man between 45 and 64 years old, a man between 65 and 79 years old, and a man between 18 and 34 years old. Two cases are outbreak-related and one is linked to close contact. 
  • Essa (2): Two men between 18 and 34 years old. One case is linked to close contact. 
  • New Tecumseth (6): A girl under 18, a man between 18 and 34 years old, a woman and a man between 45 and 64 years old, and a man and a woman between 65 and 79 years old. Five cases are linked to close contact and one was community acquired.  
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (2): A woman between 18 and 34 years old and a man between 45 and 64 years old. 
  • Severn (1): A man between 45 and 64 years old. 
  • There is one new cases in Muskoka located in Huntsville. 
  • One case is listed with location information pending. 

The health unit has also declared COVID outbreaks (all of which are still ongoing) at the following health care facilities: 

  • Trillium Manor, Orillia, Dec. 14
  • Grove Park Home (Aspen, Willow, Pine), Barrie, Jan. 4
  • Roberta Place (Long-term care home), Barrie, Jan. 8
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (cancer palliative), Barrie, Feb. 5
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Penetanguishene, Jan. 9
  • Bradford Valley Care Community (facility-wide), Bradford, Jan. 14
  • Kingsmere Retirement Living, Alliston, Jan. 20
  • Amica Little Lake retirement home, Barrie, Jan. 30. 
  • Mill Creek Care Centre, Barrie, Jan. 31
  • Georgian Manor (Willow), Penetanguishene, Feb. 1
  • There is one outbreak at an unnamed child care centre in Barrie
  • Simcoe Manor, Essa unit, Beeton, Feb. 5
  • Georgian Traditions retirement home, Memory Living Unit, Collingwood, Feb. 7

The provincial government requires an outbreak be declared at a retirement or long-term care home where one staff or resident tests positive. There does not have to be evidence of spread within the home for an outbreak to be declared. In most other cases, the health unit does not declare an outbreak unless there is evidence of transmission at the facility. 

There are also other outbreaks in Simcoe County, including one at Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie and the following unspecified establishments in Simcoe County: 

  • Food and beverage service, declared Feb. 6 
  • Agriculture, declared Feb. 2 
  • Finance and Insurance, declared Feb. 2 
  • Finance and Insurance, declared Feb. 1 
  • Retail trade, declared Feb. 1 
  • Agriculture, declared Jan. 29 
  • Manufacturing, declared Jan. 29

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. 8.

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported to health unit Weekly incidence rate* Cumulative incidence rate*
Barrie 1,876 1,466 90 16 Feb. 7 62 1,257
Bradford W-G 911 754 20 7 Feb. 7 95 2,120
New Tecumseth  745 632 15 1 Feb. 6 63 1,798
Innisfil 504 412 4 7 Feb. 7 81 1,237
Orillia 145 106 7 1 Feb. 6 Not available 433
Collingwood 128 93 1 1 Feb. 7 54 534
Wasaga Beach 131 110 3 1 Feb. 7 30 570
Clearview 67 55 3   Feb. 4 Not available 453
Springwater 165 129 1 1 Feb. 6 43 785
Midland 124 99 6   Feb. 5 Not available 691
Oro-Medonte 114 85 4 1 Feb. 4 34 489
Adj-Tosorontio 95 80     Feb. 7 Not available 815
Essa 245 212 2 2 Feb. 6 38 1,024
Ramara 51 47     Feb. 3 Not available 491
Tiny 51 40 1   Feb. 2 Not available 389
Tay 71 60 2   Feb. 5 Not available 641
Penetanguishene 94 54 6   Feb. 6 Not available 970
Severn 41 32 1   Feb. 7 Not available  274

*Weekly incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people for the week of Jan. 31. If the number is not available, there have not been enough cases in that municipality for the week to publish a figure.

*Cumulative incidence rate is the number of cases per 100,000 people reported to date

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital