Provincial COVID-19 caseload addition falls back below 200, with local health unit confirming one each in Essa and Orillia

More new cases among younger people reported, but none locally.

Wednesday’s addition to the provincial COVID-19 caseload fell back below the 200 mark.

Public Health Ontario confirmed 165 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, along with 207 recoveries since Tuesday’s update. The province processed nearly 24,000 testes to get these results.

Health Minister Christine Elliott noted on Wednesday morning that nearly half of the day’s caseload additions were among those under the age of 40, as an apparent surge in cases among younger demographics continues.

That was not the case with Simcoe-Muskoka’s caseload addition. Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on Wednesday: an Essa Township man between the ages of 45 and 64, and an Orillia woman over the age of 80. Despite this, the average age of new cases in Simcoe-Muskoka is 32 according to the Health Unit’s medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner.

There were double-digit caseload additions reported in Ottawa, Peel, York, Toronto, and Windsor-Essex. The rest of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer, with the majority reporting none at all.