Today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported two new COVID-19 cases in Huntsville.
Both cases—an 18-34 year-old female and a 0-17 year-old female—are under investigation. These latest cases bring Huntsville’s overall total to 93, three of which are currently active. None are currently in hospital. Two people have died from the disease in Huntsville, as well as a third person in Muskoka Lakes.
Within Muskoka there have been 28 cases confirmed as the UK B.1.1.7 variant, and an additional 18 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.)
There have been a total of 273 cases reported in Muskoka to date (16 of them currently active) and 7,935 in Simcoe County (777 active). A total of 205 people in Simcoe Muskoka have died from COVID-19. (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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