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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Simcoe Muskoka health unit ready to set forth the local measures seeing the surge in COVID-19 cases

A surge reported by The Simcoe Muskoka health unit in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks has created an alert for experts to consider local measures to curb the spread.

Dr Colin Lee, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s (SMDHU) associate medical officer of health, announced, “We are currently analyzing and planning for some potential local measures to be announced next week”.

Based on the reports released on Friday, the health unit reported 206 infections this week and 249 cases for the earlier week.

Dr Collin Lee’s words on the pandemic changes with the clarity about the situation

We do know that whatever we are doing, COVID certainly has the upper hand at this time,” stated Dr Lee. “We need to up the game so it does not continue to rise in an explosive manner.”

Dr Lee cited that SMDHU is in the top six health devices for the highest COVID-19 incidence rates as compared to Ontario’s 34 health devices. Dr Lee highlighted that the stable hospitalizations at the moment can soon change, seeing the surge in the cases. 

Ongoing outbreaks in nine colleges and two child care centres, which, according to Dr Lee, contribute to children below 12 being ineligible for the vaccine. He emphasised the vaccine for the youths. “That’s coming. I guarantee you that, but it is just not coming fast enough,” he stated. “Hopefully, in the next two to three weeks, we will hear more news about that, and hopefully, we can start immunizing.”

Dr Lee additionally pointed to a big rise in the case at a holy organization, concluding that people need to be aware of where to gather.

Source: CTV News

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