Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com
SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — At least three dozen new COVID cases today include 4 more from Muskoka.
The health unit reports 36 cases (province says 44) bringing their total to 6,362 with 522 active cases.
Among them are:
- Bracebridge man, 35-44, under investigation first reported Feb. 24 and first episode Feb. 23
- Muskoka Lakes woman, no age, with close contact Feb. 24/Feb. 20
- Muskoka Lakes woman, 45-64, close contact, Feb. 24/Feb. 19
- Huntsville woman, 18-34, outbreak related, Feb. 6/Feb. 6
And a previous Huntsville case has been moved to another health unit.
There was also 1 more death in Simcoe, the 185 person to die there.
Twenty are in hospital including one new case since yesterday.
North Bay Parry Sound had no cases again today, according o the province.
Province-wide, Ontario reports 1,038 case and 23 deaths; Toronto 339 cases, Peel 204 and York 106.
Quebec reports 858 cases, 16 deaths; Newfoundland and Labrador 10 cases; Manitoba 70 and 1 death.
HEALTH UNIT HIGHLIGHTS:
- To date 182 local cases have been tested positive for the COVID-19 variant of concern UK B.1.1.7 and an additional 276 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing)
- Over 37,208 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Simcoe Muskoka (1,088) yesterday.
- This includes more than 15,000 individuals who have received both of the required doses of the vaccine. In addition, 2,944 (92%) long-term care residents and 3,228 (89%) retirement home residents have received their first dose.
- There have been 139 new cases reported to the health unit for the current week, 273 last week and 211 the week before.
IN OTHER COVID NEWS …
- Peel police have charged 49 people at Pearson airport for COVID violations in February. Fines have been $880 as new fly-in rules are in place.
- Police also won’t charge hotel quarantine violators unless they warrant criminal charges.
- In Europe new COVID cases are half what they were weeks ago, says WHO.
- In U.S. nursing homes seeing steeper declines than general public.
- Rich, powerful in South America jumping vaccine queues, corruption scandals reveal.
- No surprise, but infections among health care worker have tripled since the summer, according to a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. However, they still trail the general public.
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