Local health unit increased COVID case count by 17 over the long weekend

Majority of new cases in Barrie

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says there were 17 cases of COVID-19 over the long weekend.

The SMDHU confirmed the 17 cases on Tuesday, which includes eight cases in Barrie. The majority of these new cases were contracted as a result of close contact.

The SMDHU also confirmed three cases of COVID in Bradford, two in New Tecumseth, and one each in Ramara, Innisfil, Wasaga Beach, and Huntsville.

This increased caseload addition comes amid a recent uptick in new cases; the City of Barrie alone saw 27 cases throughout August, but only 16 the month before.

This caseload addition represents three days’ worth of test results, as the SMDHU releases no updates on weekends or holidays. The last long weekend in Ontario was the Civic Holiday on August 3, and the Tuesday that followed saw the SMDHU confirm just four new cases.

Meanwhile, the SMDHU announced on Tuesday an outbreak has ended at Mill Creek Care Community in Barrie, first declared after a staff member tested positive for the disease. Staff and residents have since been tested, and no new cases have been discovered.

The SMDHU confirmed a food preparation facility in Muskoka saw two cases confirmed over the weekend, but the health unit states there was no risk of infection to the general public.