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16 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the local total number of cases up to 11,931, including 245 deaths.

Local public health also reported 15 new cases of a coronavirus variant on Tuesday, bringing that total to 4,597 — 185 of which are active.

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Of Tuesday’s new cases, six are in Bradford, four are in Innisfil, three are in New Tecumseth, two are in Barrie and one is in Oro-Medonte.

Two of the new cases are a result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while two are community-acquired, two are outbreak-related and the rest are all under investigation.

Meanwhile, 53 per cent of the region’s population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 6.3 per cent has received both necessary doses.

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Of the region’s total 11,934 coronavirus cases, 92 per cent — or 10,961 — have recovered, while 26 people are currently in hospital.

On Tuesday, Ontario reported 699 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total up to 532,158, including 8,766 deaths.

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