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Health unit confirms new COVID case in Essa Township

There are 15 active cases of the coronavirus across Simcoe County
2020-07-28 SMDHU offices 1
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 has reported a single new case of COVID-19 today. 

The latest case is a woman from Essa Township between the ages of 45 and 64 years old. The transmission for her case is under investigation. This is the first case reported in Essa since July 22, and is the only active, lab-confirmed case in the local township.

Though there was one new case, the total number of cases has gone up by two today. The case was removed originally on July 20 "as it no longer met case definition." The case was readded today after further investigation.

The case subtracted and then added again was an individual from Penetanguishene. The person re-added has already recovered, so there remains one active case in Penetanguishene.

So far this week, the health unit has confirmed six new cases, including results processed on the long weekend. 

Yesterday, Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe-Muskoka region, said the reproductive rate of the coronavirus locally is 0.8. The reproductive rate is the number of people each positive case infects. When the number is below one, it means infections are declining. 

There were seven travel-related cases reported by the health unit last month and one more this month. Gardner said they are related to international travel. 

An outbreak previously declared at Georgian Residences retirement home in Penetanguishene was declared over on Aug. 4. There were two cases associated with the outbreak, a staff member, and a female resident over 80 years old who was hospitalized and died. The health unit reported her death on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

There are no other active outbreaks in the region, according to the health unit.

There was one workplace-related case reported last week, a New Tecumseth man between 45 and 64 years old, but Gardner said the workplace is outside of the region. It was included on the local case list because of the individual's primary residential address. 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 664 cases of COVID-19 to date, with 633 of those cases located in Simcoe County. 

There are 612 cases now recovered and 37 people have died in the region. The health unit indicates there are 15 active cases in the region – all in Simcoe County – and three of those cases are hospitalized.

In Simcoe-Muskoka, the incidence rate for the coronavirus is 111.4 cases per 100,000 people in the population.

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of Aug. 4

Municipality Total cases Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 199 182 14   Aug. 4 133.3
Bradford W-G 134 120 12   Aug. 4 311.9
New Tecumseth 83 79 1 1 Aug. 4 200.3
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 12     July 24 66.9
Oro-Medonte 9 6 2   Aug. 4 38.6
Adjala-Tosorontio 9 9     June 16 77.2
Essa 18 16 1   Aug. 6 75.3
Ramara 12 10     Aug. 5 115.6
Tiny 6 6     July 16 not released
Tay 9 9     July 23 not released
Penetanguishene 8 7   1 July 23 not released
Severn 7 7     July 27 not released

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

Erika Engel

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