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Half of new COVID-19 cases acquired from close contact

December 11, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Approximately half of all new COVID-19 infections recorded within the Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit with a known cause were acquired from close contact with a person who already tested positive.

Around 20 per cent of known current cases were acquired in the community with no known source of infection.

More than one third of all active cases are among young adults ages 18 – 34. This age group has had the highest rate of infection since June.

The rate of infection in this age group in November and December is double the number of cases reported in the same age group for September and October.

Most COVID-19 cases in the Simcoe Muskoka district are in Barrie and South Simcoe.

There have been 171 new cases reported by the Health Unit for the current week, beginning December 6.

The previous week there were 231 new cases reported from November 29 to December 5. That was the highest number of weekly cases reported since the start of the pandemic.

The vast majority of COVID-19 cases in Simcoe Muskoka have recovered from the infection.

This week brings the total number of cases of COVID-19 in the district to 2,418 with 358 of those be classed as ‘active.’

Currently there are 12 people in hospital with the infection.

One death has been recorded since the last update.

The region is currently in an Orange Restrict level classification meaning certain restrictions apply to the general public. Simcoe Muskoka moves to Red (Control) at 12.01 a.m. on Monday.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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