UPDATE Nov. 18, 2020: The SMDHU removed this case from its list as it’s been re-assigned to another public health unit.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported one new case of COVID-19 in the Huntsville area today, a man aged 45-64 whose infection is under investigation.
It’s the second case reported in Huntsville this week and the fifth so far in November.
Of the 28 cases in Huntsville to date, two-thirds (19) have been within the past 10 weeks. Four are active, one of which is in hospital.
There have been a total of 87 cases in Muskoka to date (six of them active) and 1,750 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.)
The health unit reminds everyone to practise social distancing and other control measures to help stop the spread of the virus, including:
- Limit your close contacts (the people you can hug and touch without physical distancing) to only those people within your own household and maintain two metres (six feet) physical distancing from everyone else.
- Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.
- Think carefully about how often you go out and what is essential
- Parents must screen children for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before they leave for school; if a child has even one symptom, they should stay home and self-isolate.
- Those in the workforce should also monitor for symptoms and stay home if they have even a single symptom.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces such as businesses, organizations, or riding on public transit. Also wear a face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Make sure it fits. Learn how to wear it properly and follow the dos and don’ts.
- Self-isolate if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, have a chronic medical condition, or are over 70.
For more information, visit simcoemuskokahealth.org.
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