The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed an additional 36 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total local number of cases to 13,650, including 261 deaths.

Local public health also reported 22 new cases of a COVID-19 variant on Friday, bringing that total to 6,141, including 96 cases that are active.

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Nine of the new cases are in Barrie, while seven are in New Tecumseth, three are in Bracebridge, three are in Bradford, three are in Innisfil, and three are in Orillia.

The rest of the new cases are in Clearview, Collingwood, Essa, Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Wasaga Beach.

Eleven of the new cases are the result of close contact with another positive COVID-19 case, while five are related to an outbreak, four are acquired in the community and one is related to travel. The rest are under investigation.

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Of the new cases, 16 people are fully vaccinated, three are partially vaccinated, and 17 are not immunized.

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Meanwhile, 75.1% of the region’s population has received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 70.6% have received the two necessary doses.

Of the total 13,650 COVID-19 cases in the region, 97 percent, or 13,235, have recovered, while 10 people are currently in hospital.

Ontario reported 573 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 590,677 infections, including 9,786 deaths.

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