Elderly Orillia woman who acquired COVID-19 locally among new cases confirmed by Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Simcoe County man admitted to Newmarket hospital in region's second new case to date

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed two more cases of COVID-19 in its coverage area, bringing the local total to twelve.

An Orillia woman in her 70s has been hospitalized at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital, having acquired the disease from within the community.

An Adjala-Tosorontio man in his 50s just came back from travel in the United States and has since been admitted to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket.

“We are definitely seeing the onset of community-acquired cases and transmission within our community,” said SMDHU Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner, “and a significant number of cases that are severe cases, that require hospital admission.”

“All of this speaks to the importance of the people being aware of the hazard of this virus, and the need for them to distance themselves,” added Dr. Gardner.

Dr. Gardner concluded “We call this social distancing to date, but I think we’re going to shift to calling it ‘physical distancing’. We’re becoming aware of the negative impact on people’s wellbeing if they can’t maintain social contact with some type of other people,” He suggested those feeling isolated reach out using technology to keep in touch with others.