Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com
MUSKOKA — A steep jump to 36 COVID cases in Simcoe and Muskoka today includes a large institutional outbreak at a retirement home in Beeton, where three people have died — one death confirmed due to the coronavirus.
And there’s one new case in Muskoka: a Huntsville woman, aged 45-64, who got it through community contact.
Eight of the 16 cases reported Oct. 7 at the retirement home in New Tecumseth were from Oct. 6.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit posted its daily count at 2 p.m. today, which noted that 12 of the New Tecumseth cases were in people older than 80 — nine of them women.
In Barrie a female under 17 was diagnosed and in Innisfil to the south a man 65-79 has the virus through a workplace.
See the accompanying yellow health unit chart for more details.
Also today, Ontario reported 583 cases and Quebec 900 — a drop of more than 400 from Tuesday’s stunning high in the latter province.
All of this comes as Thanksgiving weekend approaches and people are urged to abandon the 10-person gathering rule and restrict dinners to only family members in the same home.
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