Today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported one new COVID-19 case in Huntsville and three in Lake of Bays, as well as five other cases across Muskoka (two in Muskoka Lakes, two in Bracebridge, and one in Georgian Bay).
The new Huntsville case is a 45-64 year-old woman whose case is under investigation. The Lake of Bays cases are a 45-64 year-old man whose case is also under investigation, as well as an 18-34 year-old female and 0-17 year-old male who are each a close contact of a confirmed case.
Within Muskoka there have been 23 cases confirmed as the UK B.1.1.7 variant, and an additional 16 that have screened positive for a variant of concern. (Variant testing is a two-step process with the screening occurring first, followed by whole genome sequencing upon positive screening results. Delays in reporting of up to 10 days are possible for the initial screening, while WGS can take between three and six weeks depending on volume and laboratory capacity, according to the health unit.)
Of the 91 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Huntsville to date, just the latest case is active. The same is true of Lake of Bays, with three of a total of 10 cases to date active. None are currently in hospital. Two people have died from the disease in Huntsville, as well as a third person in Muskoka Lakes.
There have been a total of 271 cases reported in Muskoka to date (15 of them currently active) and 7,858 in Simcoe County (758 active). (For a full list of Huntsville and Lake of Bays cases to date, and other COVID-19 updates for the area, visit our COVID-19 page.)
For more COVID-19 information from the health unit, visit simcoemuskokahealth.org.
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