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Ontario confirms 425 new COVID cases today

The province has reported more than 400 cases per day for three of the last four days

Public Health Ontario has confirmed another 425 new cases of COVID-19 today, nearly half of which were reported by the Toronto Public Health. 

The province has also reported two deaths, including one person over 80 and one person between 60 and 79 years old. 

According to a breakdown of today's cases by Public Health Ontario, Toronto Public Health reported 175 new cases for today's epidemiological summary. Peel Public Health reported 84 new cases and Ottawa reported 60 new cases. Together, those three health units reported 319 cases, which is 75 per cent of the new cases confirmed today. 

Today, 285 of the new cases are individuals under 40 years old. Most of the cases reported each day are close contacts or outbreak related, but the province is also reporting nearly the same number of community-aquired cases where there is no known epidemiological link. 

According to the data released by the province on school-related cases, there have been 18 new school cases identified since Friday. Eight were student cases and four were staff cases, the rest are not identified. There are now 90 school-related cases spread across 75 schools. 

In Simcoe County, there are two cases included in the provincial list, one unidentified case at St. John Vianney Catholic School (Barrie) and one unidentified case at Twin Lakes Secondary School. 

There has also been a case confirmed by Simcoe County District School Board at Bear Creek Secondary School. However, this most recent case has not yet been added to the provincial list. 

Public Health Ontario has now confirmed 47,274 cases of COVID-19 in the province since January, and has reported 41,146 of those cases recovered and 2,829 cases ending in death. 

There are now 3,299 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, with at least 65 people hospitalized with the coronavirus. There are 22 COVID patients in intensive care and 12 patients on ventilators. 

The province has reported 31,753 COVID tests have been processed since yesterday's report. 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 803 cases of COVID-19, with 685 of those now listed as recovered. There are two people hospitalized in Simcoe County with COVID-19 (one from Barrie and one from Bradford). Thirty-eight people have died.

The health unit indicates there are 73 unrecovered cases in Simcoe County.

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of Sept. 18

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 280 215 14   Sept. 18 187.5
Bradford W-G 148 126 12 1 Sept. 18 344.4
New Tecumseth 92 88 2   Sept. 18 222
Innisfil 58 55     Sept. 18 142.4
Orillia 22 17 2   Sept. 15 65.8
Collingwood 18 17     Sept. 17 70.9
Wasaga Beach 20 18 1   Sept. 17 82.6
Clearview 9 8 1   July 27 60.9
Springwater 16 14 1   Sept. 9 76.2
Midland 12 12     July 24 66.9
Oro-Medonte 10 7 2   Sept. 17 38.6
Adjala-Tosorontio 9 9     June 16 77.2
Essa 20 19 1   Aug. 17 83.6
Ramara 13 13     Sept. 8 125.2
Tiny 7 7     Aug. 28 not released
Tay 9 9     July 23 81.3
Penetanguishene 9 8 1   Aug. 19 92.9
Severn 7 7     July 27 not released

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

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

Erika Engel

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