One coronavirus death, 16 new cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed one additional coronavirus-related death and 16 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the local case count to 344, including 24 deaths.

Four of the new cases are outbreak-related in Barrie, Ont., which is currently experiencing outbreaks at two long-term care facilities and two retirement homes — the Woods Park Care Centre, Owen Hill Care Community, Allandale Station Retirement Residence and Whispering Pines Retirement Residence.

The local health unit is also reporting COVID-19 outbreaks at Bradford Valley Care Community in Bradford, Ont., Bayview Retirement Home in Waubaushene, Ont., Muskoka Traditions in Huntsville, Ont., and an unidentified group home in the region.

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