74 more COVID-19 cases confirmed since Friday in Simcoe Muskoka

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 74 more COVID-19 cases since Friday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 13,203, including 256 deaths.

Local public health also reported 91 new cases of a COVID-19 variant on Monday, bringing that total to 5,743, including 205 cases that are active.

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Fifteen of the new cases are in Barrie, while 10 are in Innisfil, eight are in Essa, eight are in New Tecumseth and seven are in Bradford.

The rest of the new cases are in Adjala-Tosorontio, Bracebridge, Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, Midland, Muskoka Lakes, Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Penetanguishene, Ramara, Severn, Springwater, Tiny Township and Wasaga Beach.

Twelve of the new cases are community-acquired, while nine are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case and one is travel-related.

Of the new cases, 19 are fully vaccinated, five are partially vaccinated and 50 are not immunized.

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Meanwhile, 73.1 per cent of the region’s population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 67 per cent has received both necessary doses.

Of the region’s total 13,203 COVID-19 cases, 96 per cent — or 12,686 — have recovered, while 14 people are currently in hospital.

On Monday, Ontario reported 600 cases, bringing the total to 575,219, including  9,617 deaths.

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