Health unit reports outbreak of COVID-19 in long-term care facility in the region

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility in the region.
It is also reporting 71 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 20 recovered, 11 hospitalizations and four deaths. Changes from the previous reporting day include five new cases, four in self-isolation and one in hospital. Three additional cases have now recovered. See the list of current institutional outbreaks for more details.
The region’s public health authorities are saying there is evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in the region, which means the virus is spreading in the community and is not linked to travel or a previously known case.
That means the number of cases are expected to rise over the next days and weeks. Due to this, public health is unable to monitor how the virus is spreading from person to person and this makes it more difficult to slow its spread.
“This is not just a disease affecting the elderly, most of our cases are among adults between 35 and 64 years of age. This makes it even more important that people protect themselves and others by staying home and assuming that you and everyone around you may be carrying the virus. If we all do this, as well as continue to maintain physical distance of two metres from others and wash our hands frequently, we will be putting less people at risk and can flatten the curve,” says the unit.
Anyone who has new cold-like/respiratory symptoms (regardless of travel history), and has not been tested for COVID-19, is to self-isolate at home for 14 days. If your symptoms worsen, seek clinical assessment over the phone – either by calling your primary care provider’s office or Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000. If you need additional assessment, your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario will direct you to in-person care options.
Status of Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit cases updated daily Mon – Fri. Subscribe to the unit’s YOUTUBE channel to watch daily weekday media briefings with our Medical Officer of Health.
Protect yourself and others
Stay home: Avoid all non-essential trips into your community
Practise physical distancing: Physical distancing means keeping two metres or six feet between you and another person. Everyone should practise physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people. Everyone should do their best to avoid close contact with people outside of their immediate families.
Practise proper hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, sneeze and cough into your sleeve, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.