Two new cases of COVID-19 in Barrie as provincial numbers remain low

116 new cases province-wide as hot spots continue to report double-digit additions

For the first time in a week, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is reporting cases of COVID-19 in Barrie.

On Monday, the SMDHU confirmed two new cases within the city, the first cases since July 6. Before that, a case was reported on June 29.

The local health unit also confirmed a case each in Innisfil and Huntsville on Monday, its first report on caseload additions since Friday. Last week, the health unit reported zero new caseload additions on three out of five days.

“In the last week, we had a total of seven cases and that’s actually the smallest number of cases we’ve had since near the beginning,” said SMDHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner on Monday, pointing out there were ten cases the week before, and two weeks, back-to-back of 40 cases. “So this is an excellent trajectory at this time.”

Meanwhile, Public Health Ontario reported 116 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Monday, along with 129 recoveries and three deaths.

Ontario’s hot spots continue to report double-digit additions to the overall caseload; Toronto Public Health confirmed 34 new cases, while Peel Region saw 38. In Windsor-Essex, where officials have been working to contain outbreaks among farmworkers, there were 15.