Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka have started the work week with 15 new cases of COVID-19, even as local numbers show a slight decline in testing.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) confirmed 15 cases on Monday, its first update since Friday. Among those 15 are 8 cases in Barrie, 3 in New Tecumseth, 2 in Bracebridge, and one each in Orillia and Wasaga Beach.
Province-wide, 425 cases of COVID were confirmed by Public Health Ontario, the majority of which were reported by health units in Toronto, Peel Region, and Ottawa.
This comes as the SMDHU indicates there was a decline in the number of tests run over the first two weeks of September. According to the SMDHU HealthStats site, there were 98 new COVID-19 tests run per 10,000 people in Simcoe County the week of September 7, compared to the provincial average of 126. Just two weeks prior, the week of August 24, there were 122 tests run per 10,000 population.
The drop in testing rates was more dramatic in the District of Muskoka. There were 110 tests run per 10,000 Muskokans during the week of August 31. Just one week afterward, that number declined to 43. This decline in testing rates comes amid a slight uptick in Muskoka’s percent positivity rate, the number of positive tests among all tests run. Over a week, it rose from 0.3 percent to 1.0 percent, compared to the provincial average of 0.7 and Simcoe County’s 0.1 percent.
A low percent positivity rate indicates the outbreak is under control, given more testing is finding a smaller and smaller proportion of positive cases.