COVID-19 News: Rise in weekly COVID-19 cases reported in Simcoe Muskoka

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Barrie, Ont. –

For a second week in a row, Simcoe Muskoka reported a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

According to the health unit, 23 infections were recorded this week, matching the number of cases last week – a 44% increase from the week of July 11, when there were 16 cases.

Eight new cases were recorded in Georgian Bay (3), Clearview (2), Wasaga Beach (1), Barrie (1) and Bradford (1) on Friday.

Dr Colin Lee said the jump in positive tests was expected with more lenient restrictions in Stage 3 of Ontario’s plan to reopen.

“There are just more people who are physically close to each other and different people, and that, of course, allows the virus to potentially pass from an infected person to someone who is not,” explained the Assistant Medical Officer of Health for Simcoe Muskoka.

Lee said the Delta variant dominated all positive cases this week. “It’s two and a half times more contagious.”

SIMCOE MUSKOKA VACCINATIONS

Currently, 69% of eligible residents have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 56% are considered fully immune.

Dr Lee said public health was working diligently to get the vaccine in as many arms as possible.

“We can do it. There will be cases, but they will be limited. That’s what we’re trying to do,” Lee said.

He added that this week is the last week for students aged 12 and over to receive their first dose in order to be fully immunized when school starts in about five weeks.

The second injections aren’t available until 28 days after the first, and Lee pointed out that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to work.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for the 12 to 17 year age group.

COVID-19 WALK-IN VACCINE CLINICS THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-4pm

Holly Community Center
171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Canada Summit Center
20 Park Drive, Huntsville
Dose 1: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dose 2: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rotary Square Arena
100 University Avenue, Orillia
10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bob Fallis Arena
2961 10 Sideroad, Bradford
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

SUNDAY
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-4pm

Innisfil Leisure Center
7315 Yonge Street
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Center
527, boulevard Len Self, Midland
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Rotary Square Arena
100 University Avenue, Orillia
10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MONDAY
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-6pm

Innisfil Leisure Center
7315 Yonge Street
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Penetanguishene Memorial Arena
61 Maria Street
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rotary Square Arena
100 University Avenue, Orillia
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Tecumseth Recreation Center
7300 Industrial Pkwy, Alliston
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Residents should bring a health card, medication list, and appropriate dress, as there may be a wait outside.

Walk-in appointments are available while supplies last.

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