21 new COVID cases reported in Simcoe-Muskoka on Tuesday

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 today (August 24).

Today’s new cases include 10 unvaccinated people, five partially vaccinated people and six fully vaccinated people.

New cases reported today include:

  • Wasaga Beach (2): Two people between 18 and 34 years old. One case is attributed to close contact and the other is investigated.
  • Spring water (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose transmission of the case is under investigation.
  • Barrie (6): Six people between 18 and 34 years old. One case is linked to close contact and the other five are under investigation.
  • Bradford (1): A young person under the age of 18 whose case is still under investigation.
  • Innisfil (1): A person between 35 and 44 years old whose case is still under investigation.
  • Orillia (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Tay (2): A person between 18 and 34 years old and a person between 45 and 64 years old. One case is listed as community acquired (no known link) and another is linked to close contact. These are the first cases reported to Tay since June 24.
  • Lowercase (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose case is linked to close contact.
  • Essa (1): A person between 45. and 64 years old whose case is still under investigation.
  • New Tecumseth (5): Three people between 18 and 34 years old and two people between 45 and 64 years old. Two cases are linked to close contact and the others are still under investigation.

There are currently 165 active cases in the region.

There were 128 new confirmed cases last week, a 29% increase from 99 cases in the week of August 15.

Six people in Simcoe County are hospitalized with COVID-19, which includes four new hospitalizations reported today. There are two people in the intensive care unit and the ages of those hospitalized vary from less than 10 years to 60 years old.

The health unit confirmed that 5,256 of the area’s cases were variant strains. There are 76 still active laboratory-confirmed variant cases.

According to the health service, 100% of new cases reported in the past week were of the worrying variants and 97% were the delta variant.

The breakdown of case variants includes:

  • 4,007 alpha cases,
  • 167 gamma cases,
  • 34 beta cases,
  • 377 delta cases,
  • and 671 cases have tested positive and are awaiting further testing.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 12,683 cases of COVID-19, of which 12,262 have been cured and 256 cases have resulted in death.

According to the health unit, 73 percent of the population aged 12 and over living in Simcoe-Muskoka received both doses of the vaccine and eight percent received their first dose of the vaccine. The remaining 19% are not vaccinated.

About 29 percent of the total population of Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) are unvaccinated and 62 percent are fully immunized.

To learn more about the immunization status of Simcoe-Muskoka cases and hospitalizations, click here.

Anyone born in or before 2009 and living in the Simcoe-Muskoka region can book their first or second dose of vaccine online through the Ontario Vaccine Reservation System. More appointments are added regularly for clinics in the region.

The health unit sometimes withdraws a case or moves it based on further investigation of the whereabouts data. The graph below reflects the updated totals for each municipality as reported by the health unit on August 24.

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Municipality Total number of cases ** Recoveries Deaths To the hospital Last reported case Cumulative incidence rate * % of 12+ pop. with two doses of vaccine
Adj-Tosorontio 211 207 2 20 August 1780 57.4%
Barrie 4 231 4,055 121 1 23 august 2 754 71.7%
Bradford Task Force 2 122 2,065 38 23 august 4,861 70.2%
Open view 139 132 5 August 18 925 66.6%
Collingwood 243 238 3 21st of August 985 82.6%
Try 492 479 4 23 august 2,041 73.4%
Innisfil 1,245 1211 18 23 august 3,020 66%
Midland 205 198 6 Aug 13 1120 77.1%
New Tecumseth 1,519 1,480 18 4 23 august 3,576 68.7%
Orillia 328 303 8 23 august 970 79.6%
Oro-Medonte 224 217 5 August 18 960 84.9%
Penetanguishene 202 193 8 5 August 2,096 80.2%
Ramara 112 109 1 August 19 1,071 62.4%
Severn 88 82 3 August 19 587 58%
Spring water 294 289 2 22 august 1372 80.2%
Tay 119 115 2 22 august 1,043 79%
Tiny 135 131 2 22 august 976 69.2%
Wasaga Beach 273 265 5 1 20 August 1,152 75.3%

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

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

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