Ten new local cases spread across all corners of the region as health unit notes spike in recent testing

Testing centres running at full tilt to meet demand

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) confirmed 10 cases of COVID-19 in the region on Tuesday, the breadth of which indicates how far-spread the disease is locally.

The SMDHU reported two cases each in Barrie and in Wasaga Beach on Tuesday, and one in Huntsville, Muskoka Lakes, Penetanguishene, New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio, and Bradford-West Gwillimbury. These ten cases are spread throughout the area covered by the SMDHU.

There are 82 active cases throughout Simcoe and Muskoka, with two more people recovered in the last 24 hours. Only one person throughout the region remains in hospital for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms.

This comes amid increased demand for testing. The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre tells Barrie 360 it performed 567 swabs at its drive-thru testing clinic on Monday alone, up from about 300 just two weeks prior. The hospital reports a wait time of three to five hours for a test, unless an appointment is booked. The SMDHU notes a large spike in tests per 10,000 people throughout Simcoe and Muskoka last week, compared to a slight decline over the first week of September. There were 109 tests run per 10,000 people in Simcoe County last week, compared to 98 the week prior. A large spike in tests throughout Muskoka, as it went from 43 per 10,000 people during the week of September 1, to 109 last week.

The assessment centre at RVH is for those who are asymptomatic only, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis or by appointment. Those wishing to book ahead can do so through the RVH website or by phone at (705)797-3120. The RVH assessment clinic is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Elective surgeries expected to resume today at RVH

Those with at least one symptom of COVID-19 should visit the Barrie COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 490 Huronia Road. No appointments are available and long wait times should be expected. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed on weekends.

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The Barrie and Community Family Medicine walk-in clinic at the corner of Big Bay Point Road and Prince William Way can accept walk-in clients but also allows for appointments. You can call ahead for an appointment at (705)722-1199. It is open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

For information on testing and testing centres outside the City of Barrie, visit the SMDHU website.