Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirming 17 new cases of COVID-19 as region’s count surpasses 100

Over two dozen recoveries reported in the region

A milestone of sorts has been surpassed with the addition of 17 new cases to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s (SMDHU) caseload; the region’s case count has surpassed a hundred to stand at 105.

Dr. Charles Gardner, the SMDHU’s Medical Officer of Health confirmed these numbers during the Health Unit’s daily media update. He used the update to reinforce directives designed to prevent the further spread of the disease. “As always, I emphasize the importance of community transmission of people,” said Dr. Gardner, “Assume that it’s transmitting in their community, that, therefore, they need to be taking the precautions of physical distancing two meters away from other individuals, avoiding crowds, hand washing frequently, thinking carefully about whether or not you really need to go out, limiting the number of times that you go out somewhere,”

RELATED: SIMCOE MUSKOKA’S TOP MEDICAL OFFICIAL URGING RESIDENTS TO BE CHOOSY ABOUT WHEN AND WHERE THEY GO WHEN LEAVING HOME

“People should probably be planning their outings and minimizing them,” added Dr. Gardner, “People need to go out to shop for food, or they need to go out to buy medications. They should plan around doing that as few times as they can manage, in order to reduce the number of potential exposures,”

The Simcoe Muskoka epidemic curve that health officials want to see flattened

“Those above the age of 70, the Chief Medical Officer of Health of the province advised that they self isolate at home and arrange for other people to do these things for them to do their shopping for them if at all possible,” Gardner concluded.

The Health Unit confirmed on Tuesday that 29 people have recovered thus far. The region’s death toll remains at five.