Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit wraps up investigation into Barrie’s first COVID-19 case with no new infections

"...all COVID-19 testing to date has not revealed any new cases," says Simcoe and Muskoka's top doc

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) says there are no new cases of COVID-19 related to the case revealed this week in Barrie.

“We have conducted our investigation into contacts of our case and all COVID-19 testing to date has not revealed any new cases,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, SMDHU’s chief medical officer. “The individual continues to self-isolate and recover at home.”

A man in his 40s sought treatment at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie on March 9th. He had just returned from Germany and Spain, according to the SMDHU. Dr. Gardner said at a March 12 media conference the health unit would be investigating his movements and check with everyone he came into contact with before seeking treatment.

Even though there are no new cases in Barrie, the SMDHU continues to advocate for social distancing and proper handwashing. “As a reminder, people can protect themselves a number of ways, including staying at least two meters distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing,” reads a Health Unit statement. “Stay at home if you are sick, avoid people who are obviously ill and continue to practice diligent hand washing.”

The SMDHU reminds everyone Health Connection has extended its hours on Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone only, at (705)721-1520 or 1-8770721-7520 for anyone seeking further information.