Growth rate of COVID-19 continues to decline as preventive measures remain in place – new variant present in the region

“Approximately one-quarter of all cases reported last week were associated with Roberta Place Long-Term Care Home outbreak in Barrie,” reports the unit.


The average cumulative growth of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Simcoe/Muskoka region continues to decline as measures to contain the virus remain in place.
For the most recent week (Jan. 17-23), the growth rate was at 1.3 per cent, down from 1.8 per cent just a few weeks ago. There were 441 new cases reported to the health unit last week, slightly lower than the 448 cases reported for the week before.
New variants of the virus are also in the region. The health unit reports that to date, 10 local cases have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant UK B.1.1.7, and an additional 105 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing).
Across the region, more than 16,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, mainly to healthcare workers in local hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes. This includes 967 individuals that have received both of the required doses of the vaccine. In addition, 2,851 (89 per cent) of long-term-care residents and 2,039 (55 per cent) retirement home residents have received their first dose.
For the current week, 213 cases have been reported, with the total of confirmed cases now sitting at 5,360, involving 139 deaths.
“Approximately one-quarter of all cases reported last week were associated with Roberta Place Long-Term Care Home outbreak in Barrie,” reports the unit.
“There have been over 1,000 cases associated with local outbreaks since the start of the pandemic. From March to October, approximately 75 per cent of these cases were linked to long-term care and retirement home outbreaks and more than 20 per cent were linked to workplace outbreaks,” reports the unit.
“From November to December, outbreak-associated cases were distributed relatively evenly across institutional settings, congregate settings, educational settings, and workplaces. So far in January less than 10 per cent of new outbreak cases are associated with community, workplace or educational settings with the remainder associated with institutional and congregate settings.”
See the list of current institutional outbreaks for more details.
The Province is reporting 1,848 new cases today and 43 more deaths, including 13 from long-term-care homes. Nationally, the death toll has crested the 20,000 mark.
Most COVID-19 cases in Simcoe Muskoka are from the Barrie and South Simcoe areas. Click here to view the epidemic curve by municipality.

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