Health unit reports 21 new cases in today’s update, including six in Innisfil, five in Orillia and four in Barrie
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 and one death today for the August 20 update.
A Barrie man aged 45 to 64 died on August 17 after contracting COVID-19. This is the first death reported in the region for August.
New cases reported today include:
- Wasaga Beach (1): A young person under the age of 18 whose case is linked to close contact transmission.
- Barrie (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. Two cases are linked to close contact transmission and two are still under investigation.
- Bradford (2): A young person under the age of 18 and a person between the ages of 35 and 44. Both cases are reported as close contact transmission.
- Innisfil (6): Two young people under the age of 18, one person between 18 and 34 years old, two people between 35 and 44 years old and one person between 45 and 64 years old. The sources of transmission for the six cases are still under investigation.
- Orillia (5): Three people between 18 and 34 years old, and two people between 35 and 44 years old. One case is listed as community acquired (no known link) and two are listed as close contact transmission. The others are still under investigation.
- Ramara (1): A person between the ages of 18 and 34 whose transmission of the case is still under investigation.
- New Tecumseth (1): A person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as community (no known link).
- Adjala-Tosorontio (1): A person between 18 and 34 years old whose case is listed as community acquired.
There are currently 139 active cases in the region.
There are two outbreaks in Simcoe County, one in a day care center involving five cases and one in a catering workplace with two cases.
Two people from Simcoe County are hospitalized with COVID-19. There have been no new hospitalizations since yesterday’s report.
The health unit confirmed that 5,216 of the area’s cases were variant strains. There are 75 still active laboratory-confirmed variant cases.
The breakdown of case variants includes:
- 4,004 alpha cases,
- 167 gamma cases,
- 34 beta cases,
- 324 delta cases,
- and 678 cases have tested positive and are awaiting further testing.
Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 12,603 cases of COVID-19, of which 12,208 have been cured and 256 cases have resulted in one death.
According to the health unit, 72 percent of the population aged 12 and over living in Simcoe-Muskoka received both doses of the vaccine and nine percent received their first dose of the vaccine. The remaining 20 percent are not vaccinated.
Approximately 29% of the total population of Simcoe-Muskoka (including children) is not vaccinated and 62% is fully vaccinated.
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. Other 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 20.
|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||2,113||2,058||38||August 19||4 840||69.2%|
|Open view||139||132||5||August 18||925||65.3%|
|Innisfil||1 239||1,206||18||August 19||3,005||65%|
|New Tecumseth||1,502||1,477||18||August 19||3,548||68.1%|
|Spring water||291||287||2||Aug 13||1,358||79.5%|
|Wasaga Beach||270||261||5||1||August 18||1,135||74.1%|
* 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