Another four cases of COVID-19 being reported among Simcoe County residents today, as the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) raises its caseload to 480.
Two women in Severn Township, in their 20s and 60s, are among the four new cases. An elderly woman in Innisfil and a 20-something man in Barrie join them. To date, over 96 percent of the SMDHU’s COVID-19 cases are within Simcoe County, the rest in the District of Muskoka.
Meanwhile, another eight people have recovered from the disease since yesterday’s update bringing the total recoveries to 397.
Owen Hill Care Community in Barrie is the only long-term care facility in Simcoe Muskoka with a COVID-19 outbreak. Last Friday, the health unit declared an original outbreak over, then later in the day a worker tested positive for the virus.
No lives have been lost since May 20. There have been 36 deaths in the region.
Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner said the region is on a good downward trend with its caseload.
Gardner said 12 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Simcoe Muskoka since his last public update on Friday. The week before it was 26 cases, 40 before that, then 44 and 74.
He said the drop has come about because of diligence and hard work to flatten the curve. Gardner cautioned that people must maintain physical distancing and frequently wash their hands. He said people still need to be careful about going out.
“Consider your shopping approach. Make it once a week. Be strategic.”