29 new cases of COVID in the Simcoe-Muskoka area Thursday

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Although there are no new local cases, a resident of Collingwood and a resident of Wasaga Beach remain hospitalized with COVID-19

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 in its latest update released on October 28.

An outbreak declared on Oct. 15 at Mill Creek long-term care home in Barrie was reported, but has since been re-listed as active. The health unit cited ongoing developments as the reason the epidemic has become active again. To date, there are fewer than five employee cases and fewer than five resident cases associated with the outbreak.

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

  • Barrie (19): Six young people under the age of 18, four people between 18 and 34 years old, seven people between 35 and 44 years old, one person 45 to 64 years old and one person 65 to 79 years old. Four cases are listed as community acquired (no known link), six cases are linked to close contact transmission and nine cases are still under investigation.
  • Spring water (1): A person between the ages of 65 and 79 whose transmission of the case is still under investigation.
  • Innisfil (2): A young person under the age of 18 and a person between the ages of 35 and 44. One case is linked to close contact and another is still under investigation.
  • West Bradford Gwillimbury (1): A person between 45 and 64 years old whose case is listed as community (no known link).
  • Orillia (2): A person between 35 and 44 years old and a person between 45 and 64 years old. Both cases are linked to close contact transmission.
  • Ramara (1): A person between 45 and 64 years old whose case is listed as community (no known link).
  • Essa (1): A person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as community (no known link).
  • Penetanguishene (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose case is linked to an epidemic.
  • New Tecumseth (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose case is under investigation.

Among the new cases reported today are 17 unvaccinated, two partially vaccinated and 10 fully vaccinated.

There are currently 166 active cases in the region.

Nine people in Simcoe County are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 13,971 cases of COVID-19, of which 13,541 have been cured and 264 cases have resulted in death.

According to the health unit, the deaths include fewer than five fully vaccinated people and seven partially vaccinated people.

Over 72 percent of the population living in Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) received both doses of the vaccine and 76 percent received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The health unit reported that the infection rate in unvaccinated people who are eligible for a vaccine is 10 times higher than for a fully vaccinated person. The hospitalization rate is 19 times higher for unvaccinated people than for vaccinated people. These observations are based on data collected between August 29 and October 23.

To learn more about the immunization status of Simcoe-Muskoka cases, 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.

School outbreaks

There are three active outbreaks in schools in Simcoe County.

There are outbreaks at two schools in Barrie, including Portage View Elementary School (two cases) and Assikinack Public School (five cases). The outbreaks were declared on October 21 and 22, respectively.

There are now 23 cases associated with an outbreak at Holy Cross Public School in Innisfil, with the outbreak declared on October 15.

Breakdown by municipality

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 October 28.

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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 225 222 2 1 17 october 1,898 66%
Barrie 4,613 4,433 124 1 October 27 3,007 82.9%
Bradford Task Force 2 253 2,211 38 October 27 5,161 80.3%
Open view 152 143 5 24 october 1,011 75.4%
Collingwood 282 277 3 1 24 october 1,143 91%
Try 564 552 5 2 October 27 2340 85.7%
Innisfil 1,379 1333 19 October 27 3 345 76.3%
Midland 218 212 6 September 26 1,191 86%
New Tecumseth 1,662 1,635 18 1 October 27 3 925 79.5%
Orillia 374 360 9 October 27 1,206 89.4%
Oro-Medonte 258 248 6 1 October 19 1 106 93.3%
Penetanguishene 231 205 8 October 26 2397 88.5%
Ramara 130 126 1 October 27 1 234 69%
Severn 92 88 3 1 October 9 620 64%
Spring water 329 316 2 25 october 1,530 89.7%
Tay 132 129 3 September 24 1,177 89.4%
Tiny 151 149 2 October 19 1,125 76.1%
Wasaga Beach 315 307 5 1 25 october 1,329 83.9%

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

* 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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