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Barrie goes whole week without any new COVID cases

In fact, the city's overall case count has dipped back below 200 after two were removed from the health unit's list
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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit offices are located on Sperling Drive in north-end Barrie. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reporting a decrease in cases today, despite one positive COVID-19 test for a Simcoe County resident.

The single new case today is a Bradford West Gwillimbury man between the ages of 18 and 34 years old. His case is listed as a close contact. Two other Bradford cases announced yesterday – a man and a woman in the same age group as today's case – are now also listed as close-contact transmissions.

The health unit removed two cases previously reported in Barrie and reassigned them to a different health unit. This is done when an individual who is or was a confirmed case of COVID-19 moved, or when further review shows they are living outside the jurisdiction of the health unit. With the change, Barrie's total case count dipped to 198 from 200.

One of the cases removed from the Barrie list was recovered and the other was still recovering in self-isolation.

The health unit has reported 13 new cases this week, all in Simcoe County. Eight of this week's cases have been Bradford residents. There were no new cases reported in Barrie this week. 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 657 cases of COVID-19 to date, with 626 of those cases located in Simcoe County.

There are 600 cases now recovered and 36 people have died in the region. The health unit indicates there are 21 active cases in the region – all in Simcoe County – and four of those cases are hospitalized.

In Simcoe-Muskoka, the incidence rate for the coronavirus is 110.6 cases per 100,000 people in the population.

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of July 31

Municipality Total cases Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 198 181 14   July 23 132.6
Bradford W-G 133 113 12   July 31 309.5
New Tecumseth 83 79 1 1 July 29 200.3
Innisfil 53 51   1 July 23 130.1
Orillia 19 16 2 1 July 30 53.8
Collingwood 16 16     July 20 66.7
Wasaga Beach 15 14 1   June 19 65.2
Clearview 9 8 1   July 27 60.9
Springwater 15 14 1   July 20 71.4
Midland 12 11     July 24 66.9
Oro-Medonte 8 6 2   July 17 not released
Adjala-Tosorontio 9 9     June 16 77.2
Essa 17 16 1   July 22 66.9
Ramara 10 10     June 23 96.3
Tiny 6 6     July 16 not released
Tay 9 9     July 23 not released
Penetanguishene 7 6   1 July 23 not released
Severn 7 5     July 27 not released

*Incidence rate is number of cases per 100,000 people in the local population.

Erika Engel

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