COVID-19 News: Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit Reports 6 New Cases of COVID-19

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Barrie, Ont. –

The Simcoe Muskoka health unit is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

The latest infections are listed in Barrie (3), Wasaga Beach (2) and Georgian Bay (1).

Five of the cases are currently under investigation as public health attempts to determine how each infected resident contracted the virus. One case in Wasaga Beach was acquired by the community.

The positivity rate in Simcoe County is 0.4% and Muskoka is 0%, compared to the provincial positivity rate of 0.9%.

COVID-19 testing rates have stabilized at low levels not posted since last summer.

Still, experts warn that things can change dramatically in the fall when temperatures drop. The unvaccinated population is expected to be most at risk and could trigger a fourth wave.

“We still have a substantial proportion of our population that is unvaccinated,” Dr Charles Gardner said in an update on COVID-19 on Tuesday.

COVID-19 VACCINES

The Ontario government has set a goal of having 80% of the population immunized with at least one dose before considering leaving Stage 3.

Currently, 55% of eligible residents of Simcoe Muskoka are fully immunized.

The region’s deputy medical officer of health, Dr Colin Lee, said the initial target of 80% was “based on the Alpha variant” and not the highly contagious Delta variant.

“Therefore, if we come out of step 3 using the current target of 80%, in order to avoid a fourth wave, we have to be careful not to revert completely to normal immediately,” said Lee.

He advises residents to continue to follow safety measures.

“We would still need to maintain certain COVID precautions such as masking in indoor public spaces and caution in places where physical distancing is difficult. “

The local doctor emphasizes the safety of the younger population. “We have to keep in mind that those under 12 have not had the chance to be vaccinated and need to be protected.”

SIMCOE MUSKOKA CLINICS

Residents with a vaccine appointment made between August 11 and August 28 may have to reschedule the appointment as the health unit prepares to close its mass vaccination clinics.

Reprogram your COVID-19 vaccine here.

Meanwhile, the health unit offers first and second shots without an appointment at various locations in the area.

TTHURSDAY
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-4pm

Holly Community Center
171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Canada Summit Center
20 Park Drive, Huntsville
Dose 1: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dose 2: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Center
527, boulevard Len Self, Midland
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FRIDAY
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-4pm

Holly Community Center
171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Canada Summit Center
20 Park Drive, Huntsville
Dose 1: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dose 2: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Collingwood Curling Club
250 Hume Street
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bob Fallis Arena
2961 10 Sideroad, Bradford
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

SATURDAY
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-4pm

Holly Community Center
171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Canada Summit Center
20 Park Drive, Huntsville
Dose 1: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dose 2: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rotary Square Arena
100 University Avenue, Orillia
10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bob Fallis Arena
2961 10 Sideroad, Bradford
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

SUNDAY
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-4pm

Innisfil Leisure Center
7315 Yonge Street
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Center
527, boulevard Len Self, Midland
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Rotary Square Arena
100 University Avenue, Orillia
10:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

On Monday
HRV Immunization Clinic
29 Sperling Drive, Barrie
10 am-6pm

Innisfil Leisure Center
7315 Yonge Street
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Penetanguishene Memorial Arena
61 Maria Street
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rotary Square Arena
100 University Avenue, Orillia
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Tecumseth Recreation Center
7300 Industrial Pkwy, Alliston
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Residents should bring a health card, medication list, and appropriate dress, as there may be a wait outside.

Walk-in appointments are available while supplies last.

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