The Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) says there are now 21 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Simcoe-Muskoka with the newest case being reported in Muskoka.
Speaking in a Facebook live appearance this afternoon, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner says just yesterday he reported 14 cases in the region and that the caseload rose by 50 per cent in a day to the count we’re at now.
Details on the first Muskoka case are still pending. The other new cases are all within Simcoe County - They include two women in their 50s, two men in their 40s, a man in his 50s, a man in his 20s, a woman in her 30s and a man in his 60s.
Two of these cases are hospitalized, those being a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s.
Gardner says he’s urging health officials to open assessment centres in Muskoka. When they do, one will be located in Bracebridge and the other in Huntsville.
Their opening depends upon approval from the Province, he said, but they could open later this week or early next week.
Gardner stressed that people of all ages can get Covid-19, not just the old or immune system-compromised.
There’s been concern recently about the potential for increased demand on healthcare infrastructure in places like cottage country, but Gardner says we have to be careful about avoiding surges everywhere in the province.
Gardner will be releasing more details on the first Muskoka case tomorrow.
People should view Covid-19 as transmitting now in their communities, he added, and this speaks to the importance of practising social distancing.
*To see the list of cases, which doesn't include the latest one from Muskoka as of Wednesday afternoon, click here