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Outbreak updates from the Government of Canada

NEW Sunday, March 29, 2020:

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 

Situation Summary – as of March 29, 2020 1:30 p.m.

We have evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in our region which means the virus is spreading in the community and is not linked to travel or a previously known case. Community transmission means that we expect the number of cases will start to rise over the next days and weeks. Due to this, public health is unable to monitor how the virus is spreading from person to person and this makes it more difficult to slow its spread. This is not just a disease affecting the elderly, most of our cases are among adults between 35 and 64 years of age. This makes it even more important that people protect themselves and others by staying home and assuming that you and everyone around you may be carrying the virus. If we all do this, as well as continue to maintain physical distance of 2 metres from others and wash our hands frequently, we will be putting less people at risk and can flatten the curve.

Anyone who has new cold-like/respiratory symptoms (regardless of travel history), and has not been tested for COVID-19, is to self-isolate at home for 14 days, or until their symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.

Status of Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit cases updated daily Mon – Fri. Subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel to watch daily (Mon – Fri) media briefings with our Medical Officer of Health.

Protect yourself and others

Stay home 

  • Avoid all non-essential trips into your community

Practise physical distancing

  • Physical distancing means keeping 2 meters or 6 feet between you and another person.
  • Everyone should practise physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people. 
  • Everyone should do their best to avoid close contact with people outside of their immediate families.

Practise proper hygiene 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin to self-monitor for a period of 14 days. This means that, in addition to physical distancing, you should track how you feel. You should take your temperature daily and log any other symptoms that develop (for example, sore throat, new cough or difficulty breathing). You can share these records with your primary care provider over the phone if you seek assessment services.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020: 

  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY  RVH is implementing the following visitor restrictions in order to keep staff, patients, and the broader community safe. For more details please visit  rvh.on.ca