Health unit reports more than 11,000 doses of vaccine administered; growth rate of COVID-19 continues to expand

The region, along with the rest of the province, is currently in stay-at-home mode. Premier Doug Ford said the measures are necessary to halt the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases. Click here to read what the measures mean for Barrie residents.


More than 11,000 doses of the fizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been administered through the Simcoe/Muskoka region, most of them going to frontline workers in local hospitals, long-term-care homes, and retirement homes, the health unit reports.
“This includes over 420 individuals that have received both of the required doses of the vaccine. In addition, 1,630 (or 51 per cent) of long-term-care residents have received their first dose,” says the report.
However, the virus continues to expand in the region at a growth rare of 1.8 per cent, based on the week of Jan. 3-9.
“Based on projections, if this level of growth continues there will be approximately 750 cases reported during the week of Jan. 3 to Feb. 6, or about 107 cases per day with a projected weekly incidence rate of 125 cases per 100,000 population.”
To send the curve bending in the other direction, the growth rate needs to be below one. It’s a key indicator to determine if infection rates are moving in the right direction … downward. If the value is two, that means one person is responsible for passing the infection to two people.
The unit is reporting 83 new cases since the last update; the unit updates Monday through Friday. There are now a total of 4,592 confirmed cases in the region, 1,187 of which are active. Deaths now total 86, with four additional ones since last update.
The region, along with the rest of the province, is currently in stay-at-home mode. Premier Doug Ford said the measures are necessary to halt the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases. Click here to read what the measures mean for Barrie residents.

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