Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reporting three new cases for a regional total of 108, with 11 new recoveries reported

Region's Medical Officer of Health supporting expanded testing criteria

The official COVID-19 case count for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit rose by three to 108, with an undisclosed number of positive tests yet to be processed.

“We have no cases that are related to travel among the new cases,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner, “So the cases are either due to community acquisition or being part of a facility outbreak,” Dr. Gardner says there have been no new positive test results at Bradford Valley Community Care home, after 14 residents and two staff previously tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Health Unit reports 40 people have thus far recovered, up by 11 since yesterday.

“With the combination of community-acquired cases and an upward swing in cases I emphasize once again the importance of people taking their precautions with the physical distancing. really thinking twice about whether or not you need to be going out,” added Dr. Gardner.

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Dr. Gardner says the number of people going to assessment centres in the region is down, leading to a discussion of broadening the testing being done. “There’s consideration being made about opening up the criteria for who should be tested,” said Dr. Gardner Wednesday afternoon, “So we positioned to our facilities that if they have the capacity to do testing of other individuals they should do so I certainly see it as a benefit,”

“We know that the countries that have done better with this have had very high saturation of testing, availability testing, number of tests, proportion of population tested,” he added.

“I do know for sure that there’s no backlog anymore and that capacity is up and that the province is looking at increasing the criteria for testing, making it more available for more people. Certainly, I support that,” Dr. Gardner concluded.