New Gravenhurst Covid-19 case is Recovered But Raises Concerns Over Slow Testing & Reporting

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Agatha Farmer

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed that one of the newly reported Covid-19 Gravenhurst cases has recovered. He was a male in his 60’s with a travel history to Quebec. His case was just reported to the public health unit on March 27 and was only confirmed today Monday, March 30 to the public during a system update as no Gravenhurst cases were mentioned at the health units press conference on Friday March 27.

Kathy Dermott, Media Co-ordinator for the Simcoe Muskoka health unit said "according to our listing of cases, case #32 from Gravenhurst has recovered. A glimmer of good news I suppose.”

While it is a good news story it also raises concerns over timely testing. According to this single statistic this individual was tested, confirmed and recovered between March 27 and 30. Therefore how long was he infected with COVID-19 without having the knowledge of a positive test.

Dr. Charles Gardner, SMDHU, said at last weeks press conference that testing is taking time and the numbers coming out are “just the tip of the iceberg" and could be 100 times higher.

"There is probably many more cases in the community than what we are learning of through testing given that there is limited access to testing and given that some people can have mild or even no symptoms and yet be able to transmit to others which takes us back to physical distancing and washing your hands," said Gardner.

The message from health officials remains the same, stay at home, wash your hands, keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others and only venture out for essential items.

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