Today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported two new COVID-19 cases in Huntsville, adding to four others reported over the holidays.
One of the six cases is listed as part of an institutional outbreak at Roger’s Cove, a 45-64 year-old female. An outbreak is declared in an institutional setting if there is even one positive test associated with the location, and could be a resident, staff member, volunteer, or third-party supplier.
Two of the cases are associated with an educational setting outbreak, a 35-44 year-old male and a 0-17 year-old male. The only Huntsville-area school listed with an outbreak is Spruce Glen Public School; the school released a notice on Dec. 27 to notify the community about a confirmed case.
The other three cases reported since Dec. 24 are a 0-17 year-old male, a 0-17 year-old female, and a 35-44 year-old female, all close contacts of other confirmed cases.
There has also been a new case reported in Lake of Bays, a 45-64 year-old female whose case is under investigation.
There were 14 laboratory-confirmed cases reported for Huntsville in December, the most in a single month since the pandemic began.
Of the 44 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Huntsville to date, 11 are active. Two people have died from the disease. More than half (25) have occurred in the past three months. In Lake of Bays, there have been five cases in total, one of which is currently active.
There have been a total of 152 cases reported in Muskoka to date (40 of them currently active) and 3,669 in Simcoe County. (For a full list of Huntsville and Lake of Bays cases to date, and other COVID-19 updates for the area, visit our COVID-19 page.)
Premier Ford announced on December 21 that there will be a province-wide shutdown as of Dec. 26. Health unit regions in Southern Ontario, of which Simcoe Muskoka is part, will be required to follow shutdown measure for 28 days.
For more COVID-19 information from the health unit, visit simcoemuskokahealth.org.
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