Two more cases in Barrie on Wednesday, five in total, as Simcoe County sees slight decline in new tests run

31 active cases, one hospitalization

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) added five cases of COVID-19 to its caseload on Wednesday, as recent data shows a decline in testing.

Among Wednesday’s update were two cases in Barrie, along with one each in Innisfil, Springwater, and Bradford – West Gwillimbury. This brings the number of active cases to 31, but only one person in Simcoe-Muskoka is in hospital as a result. In fact, the health unit says two people have recovered since its update on Tuesday.

The District of Muskoka surpassed Simcoe County in number of tests run, according to recent testing data released by the SMDHU. There were 109 new tests run per 10,000 people in Muskoka during the week of August 31, compared to just 96 per 10,000 across Simcoe County. This not only marks a sharp rise in testing across Muskoka since mid-August but also the lowest number of new tests run in Simcoe County since the beginning of June.

data courtesy SMDHU

Meanwhile, the percent positivity rate, the number of positive tests out of all tests run, remains low across Simcoe and Muskoka. Both are seeing a rate of 0.3 percent, compared to the provincial rate of 0.5 percent.