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34 new coronavirus cases, 1 additional death confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka – Barrie

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 34 new coronavirus cases and one additional death on Friday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 6,394, including 189 deaths.

The health unit also confirmed two new cases of the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant, which was first discovered in the U.K., and 16 additional cases of a “variant of concern.” This brings the total number of B.1.1.7 variant cases up to 184 and the total number of “variant of concern” cases up to 290.

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Seventeen of Friday’s new cases are in Barrie, while three are in Innisfil and three are in New Tecumseth.

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The rest of the new cases are in Adjala-Tosorontio, Bradford, Collingwood, Essa, Orillia, Springwater, Tiny Township and Wasaga Beach.

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Sixteen of the new cases are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while three are outbreak-related and one is community-acquired.

The rest of the new cases are all still under investigation.

On Thursday, 1,021 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Simcoe Muskoka. In total, there have been 38,231 vaccine doses given in the region since December.

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Of the health unit’s total 6,394 COVID-19 cases, 88 per cent — or 5,646 — have recovered, while 19 people are in hospital.

Currently, there are 21 coronavirus outbreaks in the region — at 11 workplaces, seven institutional settings, two educational settings and one community setting.

On Friday, Ontario reported 1,258 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total up to 298,569, including 6,944 deaths.

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