As the province releases some frightening predictions, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit adds two people to its case count.
The local caseload rose to 73 on Friday, according to SMDHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner, up from the 71 that Barrie 360 reported Thursday.
This comes following an announcement from Public Health Ontario that, even with tight restrictions, the provincial death toll could rise to a minimum of 3,000 people, or as great as 15,000.
“Our own modeling in Simcoe-Muskoka is aligned with this,” said Dr. Gardner, “over a two year period with that kind of approach, we would anticipate 185 to some 2,000 deaths. If we had not put in place tight controls, it could have been as much as twenty times this,” Gardner adds this could play out over the next two years.
“This all speaks to the utter importance of what the government, the province has done,” he added, “these restrictions are extremely hard on us all, and of course we need to mitigate them and look to how to relax them when possible,”
“But we’re going to be in this possibly as long as two years, possibly as long as it takes to create a vaccine to bring it all to an end,” concluded Dr. Gardner.