Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Infectious Diseases

COVID-19 Testing

Weekly testing data is updated on Wednesdays and Fridays and testing rates for the most recent week are incomplete and will change in future updates.

Given the changes to testing guidance, the percent positivity estimates are now separated into before (2020 & 2021) and after (2022). Data for these two time periods should not be compared.

Summary

  • Expanded eligibility criteria for COVID-19 PCR tests went into effect on April 11, 2022 which will have impacts on testing rates and percent positivity moving forward.
  • There were 72 new COVID-19 tests per 10,000 population in Simcoe County and 41 tests per 10,000 population in Muskoka District for the most recent week (May 1st). In comparison the provincial testing rate was 71 tests per 10,000 population.
  • The percent positivity rate for the most recent week (May 1st) in Simcoe County is 13.3% and 10.9% in Muskoka District, compared to the provincial percent positivity rate of 14.0%.
  • The local testing rate and percent positivity has decreased in recent weeks, this is a reversal of the increasing trend through March and early April.
  • Percent positivity in Simcoe County was higher than the provincial rates through November and December, but dropped below provincial rates in early 2022. The Simcoe County percent positivity has been above the provincial rate for three of the past five weeks.
  • Percent positivity was highest among children and youth under 18 in January and February 2022. Percent positivity has been highest among adults aged 18 to 44 years in the most recent weeks.
  • Testing rates were highest in adults 18-34 through December. With the changes in eligibility for testing, adults over 65 had the highest testing rate in 2022.   
  • A low percent positivity rate indicates the outbreak is under control, given more testing is finding a smaller and smaller proportion of positives.

COVID-19 Testing Rate, Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario

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COVID-19 Percent Positivity Rate, Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario

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Weekly COVID-19 Testing Rate, Simcoe Muskoka by Age Group

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Weekly COVID-19 Percent Positivity Rate, Simcoe Muskoka by Age Group

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Page Last Modified: May 13, 2022