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Sunny outlook for summer: Gardner reflects on a year of COVID

Sunny outlook for summer: Gardner reflects on a year of COVID

'We’ve got the tools to be able to proceed and I feel confident that later in the year we’ll be in a much better, safety and happier place,' said Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Before it all began: here are some of the last 'normal' things you did pre-COVID

Before it all began: here are some of the last 'normal' things you did pre-COVID

Cruises, concerts, vacations, luxurious mugs of hot chocolate with friends – these were some of the last things you did before pandemic-related shutdowns began
One Collingwood woman among 39 new COVID cases in region today

One Collingwood woman among 39 new COVID cases in region today

Testing has now confirmed all three variant strains in Simcoe-Muskoka
Province sending AstraZeneca to primary care providers in Simcoe Muskoka

Province sending AstraZeneca to primary care providers in Simcoe Muskoka

The new vaccines will be reserved for adults between 60 and 64 years old, and appointments will be made by invitation, so don't call your doctor
Ontario reports 1,316 new COVID cases Wednesday

Ontario reports 1,316 new COVID cases Wednesday

There are currently 11,311 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario
Wastewater sampling shows declining COVID cases in Collingwood

Wastewater sampling shows declining COVID cases in Collingwood

'It’s being shown now, throughout the world, that this type of wastewater data can provide an early warning,' says researcher
Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines on the way for Simcoe-Muskoka

Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines on the way for Simcoe-Muskoka

The health unit's vaccine waitlist is full but added supply would open up more appointments for seniors and health care workers
Gardner 'augmenting' rules for self-isolation, screening with two new orders

Gardner 'augmenting' rules for self-isolation, screening with two new orders

The region's medical officer of health issued two orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to deal with self-isolation of close contacts and screening of those working with vulnerable populations
30 new COVID cases reported in region today

30 new COVID cases reported in region today

In addition to more than 200 B.1.1.7 (UK) variant cases confirmed in Simcoe Muskoka, there have also been two cases identified as the P.1 variant that originated in Brazil
<updated>WATCH: </updated> Trudeau announces March 11 as a national day of observance for Canadian lives lost to COVID-19

WATCH: Trudeau announces March 11 as a national day of observance for Canadian lives lost to COVID-19

'Our top priority is to get you your shot as soon as possible'