Barrie, Ont. –
The Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit has recorded 50 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday and no new deaths from the virus.
Of the 50 residents who tested positive over the weekend, 37 are not vaccinated, five are partially vaccinated and eight have been fully vaccinated.
The health unit lists new cases in Barrie (14), Wasaga Beach (8), Bradford West Gwillimbury (5), Innisfil (5), New Tecumseth (4), Orillia (3), Essa (2), Ramara ( 2), Oro-Medonte (2) and isolated cases in Collingwood, Clearview, Springwater, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst.
Currently, there are 198 active infections in the region, including eight COVID-19 positive patients in hospital.
The health unit reports that 72% of residents of Simcoe Muskoka received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 62% of those being fully vaccinated.
According to Public Health Ontario, 73 percent of the population had received at least one injection, and 66 percent had received both.
Residents born in 2009 or earlier are eligible for the vaccine.
The health unit says unvaccinated people are eight times more likely to catch COVID-19 and 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with the virus. He adds that unvaccinated residents are 48 times more likely to be intensive care patients after contracting the virus than vaccinated residents.
GUIDANCE FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL
The province has removed runny noses, sore throats and headaches from the list of COVID-19 symptoms that would require a child to stay home after school or daycare.
Instead, children with symptoms “most commonly associated with COVID-19” should stay home, including fever and chills, cough or barking cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste. or smell and nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Still, the Ontario government has said any student showing signs of illness should stay home, even if symptoms are not listed.
COVID-19 ONE-TIME CLINICS IN SIMCOE MUSKOKA
The health unit is offering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents at several pop-up walk-in clinics this week.
Vaccines are also available to residents of the Immunization Center on Sperling Drive in Barrie until September 29 by appointment or walk-in.
To make it easier to get the vaccine, health unit staff can also deliver doses of the vaccine to the whole community at a variety of locations, including beaches, parks, farmers’ markets, sports complexes, and sales areas. outdoor retail.
These staff members will wear blue COVID-19 vaccine t-shirts and have their health unit employee badges for identification.
A complete list of walk-in clinics offering walk-in vaccinations is available here.