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Health unit confirms six new COVID cases in Barrie

The other two positive cases reported today are Bradford West Gwillimbury residents
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 confirmed eight more cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe County today, including six in Barrie. 

The other two are Bradford West Gwillimbury residents. 

Among the Barrie cases are three men between 18 and 34 years old. Two of those cases are listed as close-contact transmission, while the third is still under investigation. The other three Barrie cases include two men and a woman, all between 45 and 64 years old. One of the men is listed as a close-contact transmission, while the other two are under investigation. 

The two Bradford cases include a woman between 18 and 34 years old and a woman between 35 and 44 years old, whose cases was community-acquired. The first case is still under investigation. One person from Bradford has been hospitalized with COVID.

Cases previously reported in Wasaga Beach (one case) and Ramara (one case) are now listed as recovered.

There are two active outbreaks at long-term care facilities in the region, including at Roberta Place in Barrie where one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The other facility is The Pines Long Term Care Residence in Bracebridge where one staff member and one resident have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported a total of 778 coronavirus cases in the region to date, with 736 of the cases in Simcoe County. Of all the cases in Simcoe-Muskoka, 680 are listed as recovered and 37 people have died. One person from New Tecumseth and one person from Bradford West Gwillimbury is in hospital.

The health unit reports there are 55 unrecovered cases in Simcoe County, including 42 in Barrie, five in Bradford, four in Innisfil, two in Orillia, one in New Tecumseth, and one in Springwater Township. There are six unrecovered cases in Muskoka District.

Case breakdown by municipality for Simcoe County as of Sept. 16

Municipality Total cases** Recoveries Deaths In Hospital Last case reported Incidence rate*
Barrie 270 214 14   Sept. 16 180.8
Bradford W-G 142 125 12 1 Sept. 16 330.5
New Tecumseth 89 87 1 1 Sept. 8 214.8
Innisfil 58 54     Sept. 14 142.4
Orillia 21 17 2   Sept. 15 62.8
Collingwood 17 17     Aug. 20 70.9
Wasaga Beach 19 18 1   Sept. 8 82.6
Clearview 9 8 1   July 27 60.9
Springwater 16 14 1   Sept. 9 76.2
Midland 12 12     July 24 66.9
Oro-Medonte 9 7 2   Aug. 4 38.6
Adjala-Tosorontio 9 9     June 16 77.2
Essa 20 19 1   Aug. 17 83.6
Ramara 13 13     Sept. 8 125.2
Tiny 7 7     Aug. 28 not released
Tay 9 9     July 23 81.3
Penetanguishene 9 8 1   Aug. 19 92.9
Severn 7 7     July 27 not released

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

**Total cases includes the number of cases currently recovering at home as well as any that have recovered, died, or are in hospital.

Erika Engel

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