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COVID-19: 9 new cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 12,233, including 249 deaths.

Local public health also reported 16 new cases of a coronavirus variant on Wednesday, bringing that total to 4,875, including 72 of which that are active.

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Five of the new cases are in Penetanguishene and are all outbreak-related, while two are in Ramara, one is in Wasaga Beach and one is in Barrie.

The Barrie case is community-acquired while the rest are in Ramara and Wasaga Beach are still under investigation.

Meanwhile, 63.8 per cent of the region’s population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 18.7 per cent has received both necessary doses.

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Of the region’s total 12,233 COVID-19 cases, 94 per cent — or 11,453 — have recovered, while 14 people are currently in hospital.

On Wednesday, Ontario reported 255 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total up to 543,019, including 9,093 deaths.

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