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COVID-19: Here's the situation in Collingwood today

The health unit is reporting one new case in a Wasaga Beach woman
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There are now 55 cases of lab-confirmed COVID-19 in the Simcoe Muskoka region, including one new case reported in Wasaga Beach.

The case was confirmed in a woman in her 60s and the transmission is suspected to be a result of travel to Australia. She is self-isolating at home.

There have been four deaths in Simcoe County attributed to COVID-19, including two men in Barrie who were confirmed related, and an Orillia couple who died days apart from each other.

Ontario reported another 260 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 this morning, bringing the provincial total to 1,966 cases confirmed via testing. There are now 33 reported COVID-19 deaths in Ontario.

The COVID-19 assessment centre set up at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital has been moved to the same day clinic on Erie Street, and will operate as a drive-up assessment centre by appointment only.

Pointed messages to cottage owners to stay in their home communities have motivated members of local, provincial, and federal governments to weigh in publicly. But such messages have sparked debate in Collingwood and The Blue Mountains where part-time residents are a significant portion of the population and tax base. What home should they be “staying at home” in? You can read about that debate here.

Two Collingwood distilleries, Canadian Mist and Heretic Spirits have added hand sanitizer to their list of products and have produced more than 5,000 litres of the ‘liquid gold’ for local frontline workers and at-risk individuals.

A Collingwood nursing home administrator gave a candid interview about the work the home is doing to protect its residents who are particularly vulnerable to death related to COVID-19. Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is also concerned about residents in nursing homes due to the high risk of death from the virus.

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Erika Engel

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 15 years of experience as a local journalist
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