COVID-19 News: Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit Reports COVID-19 Death and 30 New Infections



Barrie, Ont. –

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is reporting the first COVID-19-related death in the region this month, along with 30 new infections.

SMDHU says a 45- to 64-year-old Simcoe County man died Tuesday with COVID-19.

COVID-19 has claimed 257 residents of Simcoe Muskoka over the past year and a half.

According to the health unit, five of the last six deaths are men between 45 and 64 years old.


Thursday’s cases are listed in Bradford (10), Barrie (8), New Tecumseth (4), Innisfil (3), Orillia (2), Oro-Medonte (2) and Essa (1).

The SMDHU has identified nine cases due to close contact, five are acquired in the community and the rest are under investigation.

Of those who have tested positive in the past 24 hours, 19 are unvaccinated, eight fully and one partially.

The health unit reports that 13 residents positive for COVID-19 are hospitalized, including a new admission since Wednesday.

There are 234 active cases of COVID-19 in the region.


More than 850,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have entered the arms of residents of Simcoe Muskoka, including those administered in health unit clinics, pharmacies and doctors’ offices.

This represents 73 percent of the population had at least one dose of a vaccine.

The health unit reports that between July 18 and September 11, the infection rate among unvaccinated residents eligible for the vaccine was 11 times higher than that of fully vaccinated residents.

He adds that the chances of being hospitalized with COVID-19 if they are not vaccinated are 37 times higher than for fully vaccinated residents.


Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca have new names after Health Canada approved the vaccine name change at the behest of drug companies.

According to the company, Pfizer is now called Comirnaty, representing COVID-19, mRNA, community and immunity.

Moderna’s name has changed to SpikeVax and AstraZeneca will now be called Vaxzevria.

Health Canada notes that only the names change, not the vaccines.


The health unit continues to promote the benefits of immunization. It offers walk-in, walk-in clinics throughout the region.

Here is the list of clinics open this weekend:

Thursday Sept. 16
Nouvelle-Alliance Catholic High School, 249 rue Anne Nord, Barrie
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 100 Melbourne Dr., Bradford
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wasaga Beach RecPlex (indoors), 1724 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fri 17 Sep
Nantyr Shores High School, 1146 Anna Maria Ave., Innisfil
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Le Caron High School, 22 rue John, Penetanguishene
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Huntsville high school, 58, chemin Brunel. Huntsville
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sat 18 Sep
Georgian Mall Lower Level, 509 Bayfeild Street, Barrie
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mother Earth, 10 Bruce Wilson Dr., Port Carling
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

MacTier Memorial Community Center, 9 Haig Street, MacTier
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sun Sep 19
Georgian Mall Lower Level, 509 Bayfield Street, Barrie
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vaccines are also available at the COVID-19 Immunization Center at 29 Sperling Drive in Barrie until September 29 with an appointment or walk-in.

“Residents and visitors aged 12 and older are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before the cooler fall weather arrives which brings people back indoors,” the bureau said Monday. District of Simcoe Muskoka Health Center.

With files from The Canadian Press



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