Today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported three new COVID-19 cases in Huntsville, for a total of 26 this month—the most in a single month since the pandemic began.
The newest cases are a male aged 65-74 who is a close contact of a confirmed case, as well as a female aged 18-34 and a male aged 45-64, whose cases are both under investigation.
Of Huntsville’s 26 cases this month, 11 are the result of close contact with another case, six were community-acquired, three are outbreak-related, the origin of four is undetermined (the most likely acquisition of illness is not clear and investigation is complete), and two are under investigation. Huntsville’s overall case count to date is 116, with 18 currently active. Lake of Bays has had 19 cases to date with six currently active. None of the Huntsville Lake of Bays cases are in hospital.
Elsewhere in Muskoka, the health unit is reporting that one person in Gravenhurst has died from COVID-19. There are also two new cases reported for Bracebridge and one for Gravenhurst.
The health unit is also reporting that one case in Muskoka has been confirmed as the P.1 (Brazilian) variant. SMDHU does not reveal in which community variant cases reside.
As of April 26, within Muskoka there have been 100 cases reported as the UK B.1.1.7 variant (from March 26, 2021 forward, these cases include those confirmed via whole genome sequencing as well as presumed B.1.1.7 cases based on PCR testing for select mutations of interest), one case that has been confirmed as the Brazilian P.1 variant, and an additional 14 that have screened positive for a variant of concern.
There have been a total of 361 cases reported in Muskoka to date (67 of them currently active, one of which is in hospital) and 9,733 in Simcoe County (1,753 active). A total of 221 people in Simcoe Muskoka have died from COVID-19, four of them in Muskoka. (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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