The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb locally and it’s due, in large part, to the unvaccinated among us.
On its website Aug. 26, the health unit reported 30 additional cases of the virus in the Simcoe-Muskoka region. Of those, 23 are unvaccinated, while fully- and partially-immunized residents account for four and three incidents, respectively.
Among the 128 cases reported last week, 104 involved unvaccinated residents, with 16 fully-inoculated and eight partially-immunized also infected.
There were nine cases reported in New Tecumseth Thursday. Barrie (six), Innisfil (five), Bradford (four), Essa (two) and Collingwood, Huntsville, Penetanguishene and Springwater (one each) were also listed.
Eight residents 17 years of age and under fell ill, as did one person in the 80-plus demographic.
One Barrie woman’s case was linked to travel. Sources of infection otherwise range from “close contact” and “outbreak-related” to “community-acquired” and “under investigation.”
There are 173 known active cases, including nine hospitalizations (three of which are being treated in intensive care). Seventy-four cases are likely variants.
Outbreaks have also been reported at three Simcoe County facilities in recent days — a childcare centre (six cases), a food and beverage service (five) and a repair and maintenance site (four).
To date, 431,077 people — or 71.3 per cent of the total population — have received at least an initial shot. About 64.6 per cent of residents are fully inoculated.
And 4,008 Alpha (discovered in the U.K.), 403 Delta (discovered in India), 167 Gamma (discovered in Brazil), and 34 Beta (discovered in South Africa) variant cases have been confirmed. Additionally, 662 passed the first stage of the two-step mutation test and are subject to genome sequencing to determine the strain.
Since the start of the pandemic, 12,728 residents have contracted the virus, though 12,299 successfully recovered. A total of 256 locals have succumbed to COVID-19.
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