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Simcoe County and New Tecumseth seeing less cases each week

June 4, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Simcoe Muskoka has continued to see a decline in weekly case counts for COVID-19 since the start of May and 83 percent of those infected are currently recovered.

The reduced rates of infection are a direct result of the region’s collective efforts to limit its spread, according to Dr. Gardner, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) Chief Medical Officer of Health.

However, he said it’s important for the public to note that it’s too early to relax certain control measures, as it could result in a second wave of infections.

“We know from our modelling if we’re not careful it will come back… and as we open up venues and businesses and public settings the potential for that increases,” said Dr. Gardner.

New Tecumseth has six positive cases while 43 have recovered, and for Simcoe County alone, only 46 out of 461 cases were active as of press time.

During the first week of May, 74 new cases were recorded in Simcoe Muskoka. This dropped to 44 the following week, 40 the week after, and last week about 30 people tested positive.

“With the substantial decline in the amount of cases we’ve had more recently, it’s given time for those who contracted this infection to recover,” Dr. Gardner noted.

When comparing overall case counts from April to May, there’s been almost 50 fewer people infected.

“This points out how we’re definitely, at this point, on a downward slope when it comes to the pandemic and it’s impact in our community,” Dr. Gardner said.

“Now, I always point out that this success is due to our collective efforts together, how we’ve all worked together to flatten the curve through our physical distancing, our hand washing, and keeping a setback of two meters when you go out.”

The amount of time it takes for the overall case counts in Simcoe Muskoka to double is about 90 days, and just one week prior it was less than half of that.

“That’s excellent news and really confirms the fact that we’re heading in the right direction,” said Dr. Gardner, who also noted there’s currently no COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care or retirement homes in the region.

Meanwhile, healthcare providers in Simcoe Muskoka were recently told by the Ford government that they can reopen their practices and there’s movement throughout Ontario’s hospitals to get elective surgeries and procedures back into place.

“They’re working through the process of getting ready for that and I know that there’s a strong desire here in Simcoe Muskoka to get that going,” Dr. Gardner noted.

He said because of the level of control Simcoe Muskoka has on the virus, it’s in a good position to move forward with those medical procedures.

Despite positive signs showing the region’s success in not overwhelming its healthcare system, Dr. Gardner said it’s important for the public to balance their optimism with common sense and safety precautions.

“I can see that good news can be a danger in itself because it can lead to complacency,” he warned.

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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