Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit Confirms Community Spread; Expects cases to rise in coming days

Updated: Mar 30

Get The Scoop Muskoka! Subscribe to Muskoka Post and our digital newsstand will make its way directly to your inbox. No registration required with zero article limits. Read to your heart's content and get the latest scoop with our Muskoka content. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit released the following statement on Sunday March 29.

We have evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in our region which means the virus is spreading in the community and is not linked to travel or a previously known case.

Community transmission means that we expect the number of cases will start 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 2 metres from others and wash our hands frequently, we will be putting less people at risk and can flatten the curve.

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, or until their symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.

Status of Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit cases updated daily Mon – Fri. Subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to watch daily (Mon - Fri) media briefings with our Medical Officer of Health.


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