The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 and no deaths since Friday.
New cases reported today (August 9) include:
- Wasaga Beach (2): Two people between 65 and 79 years old whose case is linked to close contact transmission.
- Spring water (3): A young person under the age of 18, a person between the ages of 18 and 34 and a person between the ages of 45 and 64. One case is linked to close contact transmission and the other two are still under investigation.
- Barrie (9): Three young people under 18, two people from 18 to 34 years old, two people from 35 to 44 years old and two people from 45 to 64 years old. One case of transmission is attributed to travel, the others are still under investigation.
- Innisfil (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose transmission of the case is still under investigation.
- West Bradford Gwillimbury (5): One young person under 18, one person between 18 and 34, two people between 35 and 44 and one person between 45 and 64. Two cases are listed as taken for granted in the community (no known link) and the others are still under investigation.
- Orillia (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose transmission of the case is still under investigation.
- Midland (1): A young person under the age of 18 whose case is linked to an outbreak.
- Penetanguishene (1): A person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as community (no known link).
- Essa (3): One person between 18 and 34 years old and two people between 35 and 64 years old. The three sources of transmission of cases are still under investigation.
- New Tecumseth (2): Two people between 45 and 64 years old. One case is linked to close contact transmission, the other is still under investigation.
Today’s report is the health unit’s first since Friday. According to data collected by the health unit, 37 new cases were reported during the week of August 1 and so far 37 cases have been reported for the week of August 8.
There are currently 55 active cases in the region.
A person from Simcoe County is hospitalized with COVID-19, and no new hospitalizations have been reported since Friday.
Locally, the percentage of positivity is 0.5 percent, which represents the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 compared to the number of people tested. The goal of the health unit is to keep this rate below one.
The health unit confirmed that 5,088 of the region’s cases were variant strains, of which 28 were still active.
The breakdown of case variants includes:
- 4000 alpha cases,
- 167 gamma cases,
- 34 beta cases,
- 214 delta cases,
- and 673 cases have tested positive and are awaiting further testing.
Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 12,428 cases of COVID-19, of which 12,118 have been cured and 255 cases have resulted in death.
According to the health unit, 69 percent of the population aged 12 and over living in Simcoe-Muskoka received both doses of the vaccine and 11 percent received their first dose of the vaccine. The remaining 21% are not vaccinated.
About 30 percent of the total population of Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) is not vaccinated.
Anyone 12 years of age or older living in the Simcoe-Muskoka area 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 9.
|Municipality||Total number of cases **||Recoveries||Deaths||To the hospital||Last reported case||Cumulative incidence rate *||% of 12+ pop. with two doses of vaccine|
|Bradford Task Force||2,091||2,045||38||August 8||4 779||65.7%|
|Open view||137||131||5||July 29||911||61.5%|
|Collingwood||242||239||3||22nd of July||981||78%|
|Innisfil||1,224||1,204||18||1||August 7||2 969||61.6%|
|New Tecumseth||1493||1,468||18||August 8||3,526||64.3%|
|Spring water||287||280||2||August 6||1339||76.6%|
|Wasaga Beach||266||259||5||August 8||1,122||70.7%|
* 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