Large single-day jump in COVID-19 cases confirmed by Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Bulk of new cases a result of workplace transmission

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 were added to its caseload today, a massive single-day jump for this area, many of which are workplace-based infections.

Previously, the largest single-day addition to the region’s caseload came on April 29, at 20 cases.

The Health Unit indicates nine of the cases announced today are a result of workplace contact; eight are among men in New Tecumseth, one is from Innisfil. Three others from New Tecumseth acquired COVID-19 through close contact, according to the SMDHU.

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Earlier this week, SMDHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner warned of outbreaks affecting farms and businesses in Simcoe County, adding testing was being done on workers at the affected locations. He attributed the rise in cases to this outbreak, adding many SMDHU staff were redeployed to handle contact tracing.

Among today’s additions are seven people from Barrie, along with one from Bradford. One resident each from Wasaga Beach, Essa Township, Muskoka Lakes, and Lake of Bays.

Four people have recovered from the virus.

The health unit has ended outbreak declarations at Owen Hill Care Community in Barrie and Creedan Valley Care Community in Creemore. A staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at Stayner Care Centre, and as such, the health unit has declared an outbreak there. Staff and residents are currently being tested en mass.