Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — A daily drop in COVID cases locally today — at 18 — still sees Simcoe-Muskoka with 135 people testing positive this week.

That’s down from 31 for the day Tuesday.

And one more death since yesterday.

None of the new cases were in Muskoka.

Also today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reports that one case previously assigned to Huntsville was removed and re-assigned to another unidentified public health unit.

There have now been 1,765 people in Simcoe and Muskoka who have tested positive this year.

This as Ontario reported a jump, Wednesday Nov. 18, of 168 cases to 1,417 and 32 more Ontarians who have died.

In neighbouring provinces:

Quebec it was the same story, as it added 197 for a total 1,179, and 35 more deaths.

Manitoba cases went up to 400, a jump of 130 from yesterday, with 11 deaths.

All of this with more positive news on the corona vaccine front with Pfizer now reporting 95 per efficacy in its testing.

However, the stark reality remains that numbers continue to go up in much of Canada and the world as a third wave is threatened only by a rollout of vaccines in 2021.

Meanwhile Toronto, Peel and York face new restrictions.

Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller said this morning at Timber Mill in Bracebridge that he has spoken to privately to Premier Doug Ford about severing Muskoka off from Simcoe which has had most of the COVID cases. That would create different reporting statistics and could lead to lesser restrictions here in the north where case numbers have been lower to date.
Simcoe Musoka is reporting 18 new cases Wednesday, a drop of 13 from Tuesday.

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