Simcoe Muskoka registers 51 cases of COVID-19 as new security measures take effect Thursday

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Barrie, Ont. –

The Simcoe Muskoka health unit is reporting 51 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as new security measures take effect in the region.

Children 12 and older are now required to show proof of vaccination for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities, including those that were previously exempt.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, places of worship will be required to screen for symptoms, collect contact tracing, and adhere to mask-wearing and physical distancing protocols during services.

The new cases listed on Thursday are attributed to close contact with an infected person, outbreaks and the community. The source of transmission for the remaining cases is under investigation.

CHILDREN 5-11 VACCINE PROCEDURE

The health unit reports that more than 7,850 Simcoe Muskoka children between the ages of five and 11 have appointments booked for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Simcoe Muskoka Assistant Medical Officer of Health Dr. Colin Lee will host a live virtual question-and-answer session for parents to discuss the vaccine on Wednesday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

He will be accompanied by a pediatrician from the Royal Victoria Regional Health Center and a certified child life specialist.

The event will be broadcast live on CTVBarrieNews.ca.

Anyone wishing to book an appointment for their child for the COVID-19 vaccine can do so online via the provincial portal or to participating pharmacies.

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