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Three Orillia residents among 60 new COVID cases in region today

A Barrie resident has died after contracting COVID-19, say officials; There are also two new cases in Ramara, one in Severn and one in Oro-Medonte
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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 60 new COVID-19 cases and one death in its latest update posted Nov. 24.

A Barrie woman between 45 and 64 years old has died after contracting COVID-19. She died on Nov. 23.

The new cases reported in the region today are as follows:  

  • Orillia (3): Two people between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 65 and 79 years old. One case is linked to close contact and the other two are under investigation. 
  • Oro-Medonte (1): One person between 35 and 44 years old, whose case is linked to close contact transmission. 
  • Ramara (2): One youth under 18 years old and one person between 45 and 64 years old. Both cases are still under investigation. 
  • Severn (1): One person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is still under investigation.
  • Wasaga Beach (2): One person between 18 and 34 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. Both cases are still under investigation. 
  • Barrie (18): Seven youth under 18 years old, four people between 18 and 34 years old, three people between 35 and 44 years old, four people between 45 and 64 years old. Three cases are listed as community-acquired, two are outbreak-related, and two are linked to close contact. The rest of the cases are still under investigation. 
  • Springwater (3): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact. 
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (2): One youth under 18 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is outbreak-related and the other is under investigation.  
  • Midland (4): Two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, and one person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact transmission, and the rest are still under investigation. 
  • Penetanguishene (1): One person between 45 and 64 years old whose case is still under investigation.
  • Essa (3): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old and one person between 45 and 64 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact transmission and one is still under investigation. 
  • Adjala-Tosorontio (4): One youth under 18 years old, one person between 18 and 34 years old, and two people between 35 and 44 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact transmission and two are still under investigation. 
  • New Tecumseth (7): One youth under 18 years old, two people between 18 and 34 years old, one person between 35 and 44 years old, two people between 45 and 64 years old, and one person between 65 and 79 years old. One case is listed as community-acquired (no known link) and the rest are still under investigation.
  • Muskoka District (9): Two people from Gravenhurst and seven people from Huntsville. 

Included in the new cases reported today are 38 unvaccinated, two partially vaccinated, and 20 fully vaccinated people. 

There are currently 522 active cases in the region. 

Twenty-four people from Simcoe County and one from Muskoka District are hospitalized with COVID-19. Among those hospitalized are 17 unvaccinated individuals, six fully vaccinated people, and two people with a single dose of vaccine. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 15,210 cases of COVID-19 with 14,410 of those cases recovered and 278 cases ending in death. 

More than 74 per cent of the population living in Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) have received both doses of vaccine and 77 per cent have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

Active Outbreaks 

Current school outbreaks in Simcoe County include: 

  • Hewitt's Creek Public School, Barrie, declared Nov. 22, three cases
  • Tosorontio Central Public School, Everett, declared Nov. 22, six cases
  • ESC Nouvelle Alliance (secondary school), Barrie, declared Nov. 19, two cases. 
  • ES Le Caron secondary school, Penetanguishene, declared Nov. 19, seven cases
  • Forest Hill Public School, Midhurst, declared Nov. 19, four cases
  • St. Ann's elementary school, Penetanguishene, declared Nov. 19, two cases
  • West Bayfield Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 18, seven cases
  • Trillium Woods Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 18, five cases
  • Severn Shores Public School, Cumberland Beach, declared Nov. 18, seven cases 
  • Emma King Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 17, nine cases
  • Maple Grove Public School, Barrie, declared Nov. 16, 12 cases
  • St. Joan of Arc Secondary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 16, five cases
  • St. Marie of the Incarnation, Bradford, declared Nov. 15, six cases
  • Monsignor Clair Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 15, five cases
  • W.C. Little Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 12, 10 cases
  • Nottawa Elementary School, Clearview Township, declared Nov. 12, three cases
  • Terry Fox Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 10, seven cases
  • St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School, Barrie, declared Nov. 1, 11 cases

Other ongoing outbreaks reported in Simcoe County include: 

  • Mapleview Community Church, Barrie, declared Nov. 4, 27 local cases (with more cases in people who live outside the region)
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 19, seven cases
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 1, 26 cases
  • Unnamed shelter in Simcoe County, declared Nov. 8, seven cases.

Breakdown by municipality

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 Nov. 24.

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Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Cumulative incidence rate* Weekly incidence rate*** % of 12+ pop. with two doses of vaccine
Adj-Tosorontio 242 226 2   Nov. 23 2,042 84 75.8%
Barrie 5,187 4,818 131 12 Nov. 23 3,381 124 85.1%
Bradford W-G 2,325 2,261 39 2 Nov. 23 5,326 41 84.8%
Clearview 174 159 5   Nov. 22 1,158 53 83.9%
Collingwood 298 291 4   Nov. 20 1,208 24 89.2%
Essa 601 581 5 3 Nov. 23 2,493 33 73.9%
Innisfil 1,458 1,410 21 1 Nov. 22 3,536 58 83.6%
Midland 237 220 6 1 Nov. 23 1,295 38 86.9%
New Tecumseth  1,722 1,681 19   Nov. 23 4,067 45 79.6%
Orillia 433 402 9 1 Nov. 23 1,281 30 89.3%
Oro-Medonte 285 271 6   Nov. 23 1,222 21 83.5%
Penetanguishene 251 236 8   Nov. 23 2,605 93 90.7%
Ramara 139 133 1   Nov. 23 1,310 48 85.9%
Severn 113 93 3   Nov. 23 754 93 84.7%
Springwater 374 356 2   Nov. 23 1,745 42 90.9%
Tay 143 139 3 1 Nov. 21 1,275 54 86.9%
Tiny 157 153 2   Nov. 16 1,170 N/A 79.2%
Wasaga Beach 366 332 5 3 Nov. 23 1,544 34 86%

~Fully-vaccinated means an individual whose second dose was 14 or more days before the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

*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 COVID-19 incidence rate per 100,000 by municipality for week of Nov. 14. N/A indicates fewer than five cases in a week




Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and community editor. She has 13 years of experience as a local journalist
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