Rise in COVID-19 cases in Barrie a concern, says mayor, but not a disaster

Likely the result of 'COVID-fatigue'

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman hopes this week’s rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city will act as a wake-up call to residents. Seventeen new cases were reported in Barrie this week, compared to 16 in all of July.

“This is probably COVID-fatigue,” said Lehman, “this is probably people letting go of their social bubbles a little, letting go of their distancing. Unfortunately, we can’t do that.”

Barrie saw 17 cases of COVID this week alone, compared to 16 throughout July

Lehman says people will be quick to blame Phase 3 of the province’s recovery plan which allowed more businesses to reopen…allowed bars and restaurants to invite customers back inside…but that was five weeks ago. Lehman says if that was the issue, we would have seen an increase in the numbers long before now.

While this week’s increase in cases did not result in more hospitalizations, Lehman says it wouldn’t take much for that to happen.

Remember, says the mayor, everything we do is about preventing a second wave.