Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — The health unit today is reporting two new cases in Simcoe after none yesterday.

Both are 17 or under and are from Midland (July 12) and Innisfil (July 10).

There were no cases in Muskoka.

Public Health Ontario said this morning that Simcoe-Muskoka had no new cases.

But this afternoon the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit posted the 2 cases on its website.

Differences in the two numbers are not unusual; the two agencies have frequently been at odds in official counts that both acknowledge can happen due to timing of various reports.

Simcoe-Muskoka still has 41 active cases of the coronavirus — 25 of them variants of concern (VOC).

And to date there have now been 84 of the Delta variant among the almost 4,300 VOCs.

Ontario itself saw 146 cases and 7 deaths, up from 114-0 the day before.

Toronto reported 43 (10), York 1 (4), Peel 13 (9), North Bay-Parry Sound 0 (2) and Porcupine 1 (2).

Manitoba had 21 and 1 death, Quebec 54 and 0 deaths.


  • 12,320 cases to date
  • 1 new case reported to the health unit for the current week starting Sunday. (Midland July 12, female 0-17). There were 20 new cases last week, which was 43% lower than the 37 cases reported for the week prior.
  • 3 deaths in July, 6 in June
  • 3,999 Alpha variants of concern, 166 Gamma, 34 Beta and 84 Delta
  • 672 cases await confirmation of variant
  • 661,967+ vaccines have been administered in Simcoe Muskoka
  • 403,250+ residents have received their first vaccine, which represents 67% of the population.
  • 77% of adults 18+ have had at least one dose of vaccine
  • 61% of youth 12 to 17 have had their first vaccine dose
The health unit is reporting two new cases since yesterday – both in Simcoe.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s up to provinces to decide whether to have vaccine passports as proof of being double vaxxed.

As on Ontario gyms prepare to open Friday in Step 3 of the province’s reopening, in Seoul tread mills now come with a governor to keep speeds down so workout participants don’t over-do it by sweating and breathing too hard and spreading potentially dangerous airborne particles.

Workers who have been off the job for months face the prospect of losing government subsidies like CERB, which is ending this month and next.

Seneca College in Toronto will require students to be vaccinated before returning to classes.

While half of Canadians age 12+ have been vaccinated once (16.9 million), 7,124,007 Ontarians have “completed” their vaccine regimen.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands there was a 500 per cent increase in cases last week after an early end to their lockdown. Interim Prime Minister Mark Rutte apologized for the government’s “error in judgement” for re-opening too soon on June 26.

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, left, and Parry Sound-Muskoka riding Green candidate Matt Richter chat with a couple of young women this afternoon during Schreiner’s town hall tour stop at the Lion’s Pavilion in Gravenhurst. He was in town for the day promoting his party’s affordable housing strategy and talking about the return of the Northlander train. More on the stops tomorrow in MuskokaTODAY.com.

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