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COVID-19: 13 more cases, 1 additional death confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 13 additional COVID-19 cases and one more death in the region on Friday, bringing the local total number up to 13,872, including 263 deaths.

Local public health also reported six new COVID-19 variant cases on Friday, bringing that total to 6,336, including 96 cases that are active.

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Eight of the new cases are in Barrie, while two are in Springwater, one is in Bradford, one is in Huntsville and another is in Ramara.

Three are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while two are community-acquired, one is outbreak-related and the rest are under investigation.

Of the new cases, three people are fully vaccinated, none are partially vaccinated and 10 are not immunized.

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Meanwhile, 75.9 per cent of the region’s population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 72 per cent has received both necessary doses.

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Of the region’s total 13,872 COVID-19 cases, 97 per cent — or 13,457 — have recovered, while eight people are currently in hospital.

The province of Ontario reported 492 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 596,772 infections, including 9,839 deaths.

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