One coronavirus death, 16 new cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed one additional coronavirus-related death and 16 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the local case count to 344, including 25 deaths.

Four of the new cases are outbreak-related in Barrie, Ont., which is currently experiencing outbreaks at two long-term care facilities and two retirement homes — the Woods Park Care Centre, Owen Hill Care Community, Allandale Station Retirement Residence and Whispering Pines Retirement Residence.

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The local health unit is also reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at Bradford Valley Care Community in Bradford, Ont., Bayview Retirement Home in Waubaushene, Ont., Muskoka Traditions in Huntsville, Ont., and an unidentified group home in the region.

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The new COVID-19 cases are in Barrie, Bradford, Clearview, Collingwood, Innisfil, Tay Township and Wasaga Beach. Five of them are community-acquired, while one of them is a result of close contact with another positive case.

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The source of infection for the remainder of the new cases has been labelled as “undetermined” or “under investigation.”

Of Simcoe Muskoka’s total cases, 60 are outbreak-related, while 175 people have recovered and seven are hospitalized.

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Seventy-seven acquired COVID-19 through close contact with another positive case, while 118 cases have been community-acquired and 54 have been travel-related.

The source of infection for the remainder of cases has been labelled as “undetermined” or “under investigation.”

On Wednesday, Ontario reported 412 new coronavirus cases, bringing the provincial total to 18,722, including 1,429 deaths.

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