Mark Clairmont |

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — As Simcoe and Muskoka enter the “restricted” orange zone today 77 people tested COVID positive the past three days.

Including a Gravenhurst youth under age 18, who had close contact with someone who had the coronavirus.

And woman aged 65-79 from Lake of Bays whose case is under investigation.

More significantly, 7 additional people are now in hospital with the disease, bringing the number of hospitalizations to 16.

They are among 239 actives cases reported Monday Nov. 23 by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, bringing its total so far this pandemic year is to 1,912.

In Ontario — with Toronto and Peel now in lockdown — there were a smashing 1,589 cases and 19 more people have died.

In Quebec 1,164 tested positive and 9 people died.

In Manitoba 543 tested positive as of today, where 1 in 100 people being tested are turning up positive.

In other COVID news…

  • Vaccines continue to look more promising (despite recent company shares sell-offs).

Eli Lilly’s antibody drug for treating COVID-19 in patients who are not hospitalized was granted interim authorization by Health Canada.

And AstraZeneca claims late-stage trials of its COVID-19 vaccine were ‘highly effective’ in preventing disease.

  • Interestingly, a UN agency says greenhouse gas concentrations climbed to a new record in 2019 and rose again in 2020 despite an expected drop in emissions due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday, warning against complacency.
The sensible and stylish fashion person like Denise Cooper is wearing colourful tuques and masks this winter.

On Monday Nov. 23 SMDHU reported 77 cases, including two from Muskoka.



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