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Coronavirus: Health unit reports 50 cases in Simcoe Muskoka, with 4 dead

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, with the local total now at 50.

Since Friday, an additional person has died — an Orillia, Ont., man in his 80s who came in close contact with another positive case.

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Details of six of the new cases are pending, while nine are in Gravenhurst, Springwater, Huntsville, Orillia, Barrie, New Tecumseth and Oro-Medonte.

Most of those nine cases are travel-related, while one is related to close contact and another is under investigation.

Of the nine cases, two have been hospitalized and the rest are self-isolating.

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Eight COVID-19 cases under the Simcoe Muskoka health unit are currently hospitalized, while six have recovered.

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On Saturday night, the Ontario government banned gatherings of more than five people. The province is currently under a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

On Monday, Ontario reported 351 new novel coronavirus cases, with the cumulative total now at 1,706. Twenty-three people have died in the province.

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