Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says a quarter of its COVID-19 caseload is related to long-term care homes

Forty more people have recovered over the weekend

Nearly twenty-five percent of the local health unit’s COVID-19 caseload has to do with long-term care homes.

In its regular caseload update, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) increased the region’s count by 28 to 432 cases. Of those, 24%, or 105 people, are associated with a local outbreak. There are currently three long-term care (LTC) homes and one retirement home under an outbreak declaration. Three more LTCs, two retirement homes, and a group home in Simcoe or Muskoka have since ended their outbreaks.

This news comes the same day Queen’s Park announced the Ford government will launch an independent commission into Ontario‚Äôs long-term care system. It is expected that inquiry will begin in the Fall.

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Among the 432 cases reported by the SMDHU are 303 recoveries, an increase of 40 people since Friday’s update. Another two lives were lost to COVID-19 over the weekend, according to the health unit, bringing the number of people lost locally to 34 to date.

The SMDHU’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Gardner, provides updates via Facebook every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, generally at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.