Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirming a fifth death due to COVID-19 as lab-confirmed cases continue to rise

25 new cases added to local case load, bringing total to 98

A Wasaga Beach man in his 70s is the latest in Simcoe-Muskoka to succumb to COVID-19. He had been receiving treatment at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s (SMDHU) Dr. Charles Gardner confirmed the fatality on Monday, as the health unit’s case count website increased to 98. This is an increase of 25 cases from the 73 Barrie 360 reported on Friday.

“The numbers of cases day by day is not rapidly growing, which gives me hope that we are actually having an impact in flattening the curve,” said Dr. Gardner, “It gives me some reason to believe that we are moving in the right direction to avoid an explosion of cases that would overtake our healthcare system.”

Out of the 87 cases reported on the SMDHU website, 29 people have thus far recovered. The Health Unit says 33 of its active cases are recovering at home in self-isolation, while 14 people remain in hospital. Dr. Gardner adds there are 11 confirmed cases that arrived on Monday morning, of which the Health Unit cannot yet comment, leaving details for 87 on its website.