Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com
SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — As vaccine passport opens doors today, Simcoe-Muskoka is reporting 18 new COVID cases and 30 new variants since yesterday.
Four of the positive tests come from Muskoka:
- Bracebridge woman, 45-64, with close contact, who reported yesterday with a first episode Sunday
- Huntsville man, 35-44, is under investigation, after also reporting yesterday with a first episode Monday
- Gravenhurst woman, 18-34, community acquired, reported Sept. 20 with first episode Sept 17.
- Gravenhurst man, 65-79, close contact, reported Sept. 19 with first episode the same day
This as Premier Doug Ford has said he understands that some PPC voters were concerned about civil liberties being infringed upon by the new vaccine law, but he says it beats more COVID cases and lockdowns.
He wants to keep businesses open and avoid that.
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reports 19 new active coronavirus cases since Tuesday.
However hospitalizations are down to 5 today.
But active cases are at 186.
And among those testing positive 14 were unvaccinated, 3 fully vaccinated and 1 partially vaccinated.
On the vaccination front there was little change. Of the total population only 73.9 per cent have had one dose and 68.3 per cent two.
WEDNESDAY: COVID BY THE NUMBERS … 13 CASES IN SIMCOE-MUSKOKA (13 YESTERDAY) … ONTARIO 463 AND 7 DEATHS (574-8) … TORONTO 93 (104), YORK 30 (44), PEEL 41 (80) … NORTH BAY-PARRY SOUND 0 (2) … PORCUPINE 0 (0) …
HEATH UNIT HIGHLIGHTS:
- 13,383 cases to date
- 45 cases this week; 141 last week, which was 28% lower than the 197 cases the week before
- From December 22nd, 2020 onwards, there have been 218 confirmed COVID-19 cases among vaccinated individuals.
- There was one COVID-19 related death reported in August and three COVID-19 related deaths have been reported so far in September.
- From July 25th to September 18th, the rate of COVID-19 infection among the unvaccinated vaccine-eligible Simcoe Muskoka population is 12 times higher than it is for fully vaccinated population and the rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations is 54 times higher.
- 4,007 cases tested positive for Alpha variant of concern, 168 Gamma, 34 Beta, 1,036 Delta
- 661 cases await confirmation of variant
- 869,025 vaccines have been administered
- 446,821 residents have received one vaccine, which represents 74% of the population
- 84% of those 12+ have had one vaccine
- 82% of youth 12 to 17 have also received one vaccine
IN OTHER COVID NEWS …
- TVO’s Steve Paikin is reporting The Agenda from his attic at home this week after testing positive last week.
- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney won’t say where he vacationed in August. When asked yesterday he dodged the question saying it was “personal” and that he was always in contact with staff. The province had 1,519 cases yesterday and 29 deaths.
- Quebec, with 587 cases, plans a law to prevent anti-vaxxers from protesting outside hospitals and schools. The Solidaire Party said it will support the bill, but want to make sure educational protests are allowed outside schools.
- Sherbrooke police are looking for a man who repeatedly punched a nurse who gave his wife the vaccine.
- A 7 per cent decline in world deaths left just under 60,000 more dead last week, says WHO. And cases were down to 3.6 million from 4 million the week before. Leading countries remain the U.S., India, Britain, Turkey and the Philippines.
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