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One Orillia resident among 19 new COVID cases in region Friday

There are also two new cases on Oro-Medonte Township, officials say
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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 19 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths today (June 18). 

There are 141 active cases in the region. 

So far this week, the health unit has confirmed 45 new cases of COVID-19, which is down from 97 new cases reported the week of June 6 and 152 cases reported the week of May 30. This week's case count is the lowest it's been since October 2020.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 12,201 cases of COVID-19 with 11,394 of those cases recovered and 246 cases ending in death.

There are 17 people from Simcoe County and one person from Muskoka District hospitalized with COVID-19, and there have been no new hospitalizations since yesterday's report. 

The health unit has reported a total of 4,837 variant strain cases, with 81 of those still active. 

Today's update also includes the following information on variants of concern: 

  • To date 3,955 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern B.1.1.7 (alpha), 163 cases have tested positive for the P.1 (gamma) variant of concern, 32 cases have tested positive for the B.1.351 (beta) variant of concern, 18 cases have tested positive for the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant of concern, and an additional 669 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing).
    • Note: all B.1.617 cases are currently presumed to be of the B.1.617.2 (delta) lineage as it is the dominant B.1.617 strain in Ontario.

To date, 380,468 Simcoe-Muskoka residents (62.9 per cent of the population) region have received their first dose of vaccination against COVID-19, and 83,628 people (13.8 per cent of the population) have also received a second dose. 

According to the health unit, 17 per cent of the region's adult population (aged 18 and over) have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and another 56 per cent have received one dose. The remaining 27 per cent is unvaccinated. 

There are five active outbreaks in the region, all in Simcoe County. There are two workplace outbreaks with a total of five cases between then, one community setting outbreak at an ambulatory health care service with five cases, and one outbreak at a group home declared on June 8 with five cases. 

A second group home in Simcoe County was declared in outbreak on June 11, and there are now 17 cases linked to that outbreak. 

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

  • Wasaga Beach (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old whose case is linked to close contact with another known case.
  • Barrie (3): One youth under 18 years old, and two people between 18 and 34 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact and one is listed as community-acquired (no link discovered). One case, though previously unreported) tested positive on March 6.
  • Orillia (1): One person between 35 and 44 years old whose case is listed as community-acquired. 
  • Oro-Medonte (2): One person between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 35 and 44 years old. One case is linked to close contact and the other is listed as community-acquired. One case, through previously unreported, tested positive on Nov. 14, 2020.
  • Penetanguishene (11): Three people between 18 and 34 years old, four people between 35 and 44 years old, three people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. Ten cases are outbreak-related and one is listed as community-acquired.
  • There is one new case in Muskoka, a person between 45 and 64 years old from Huntsville. 

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 June 18). 

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Weekly incidence rate*** Cumulative incidence rate* % of pop. with one dose of vaccine
Barrie 4,077 3,7772 118 6 June 17 25 2,658 60.6%
Bradford W-G 2,066 1,946 37 2 June 16 23 4,733 59.1%
New Tecumseth  1,484 1,412 18 2 June 14   3,505 58.7%
Innisfil 1,204 1,139 16 3 June 16 19 2,919 60.7%
Orillia 304 276 8 1 June 15   899 69.8%
Collingwood 238 221 3   June 10   965 72.7%
Wasaga Beach 258 237 5   June 17   1,088 68.4%
Clearview 133 122 4 1 June 16   885 57.3%
Springwater 279 266 2   June 9   1,302 67.3%
Midland 198 184 6   June 4   1,082 67.6%
Oro-Medonte 216 193 5   June 17 26 926 74.3%
Adj-Tosorontio 206 194 1 1 June 6   1,738 50.3%
Essa 461 440 4 1 June 2   1,912 51.2%
Ramara 101 96     June 13   947 54.5%
Tiny 130 121 2   May 26   976 62.1%
Tay 116 111 2   June 10   1,034 69.5%
Penetanguishene 190 159 8   June 15   1,847 71.6%
Severn 80 74 2   June 15   533 50.7%

*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 June 6. Where municipalities have had low or no weekly increase, no rate is included




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