Mark Clairmont |

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — He’s just one man.

One case.

But a Gravenhurst resident, aged 18-34, with close contacts with someone who already has the coronavirus is the first Muskoka person this month to be reported with COVID-19 as cases continue to climb.

Another 37 from Simcoe were also among the rising toll to start December.

The final month of this horrific pandemic year commenced with 2,150 cases, says the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Ontario reported 1,707 people infected with 7 people having died from it yesterday.

In nearby York Region, 168 cases were reported; followed by a record 707 in Toronto and 373 in Peel.

Quebec posted 1,177 cases and 28 deaths.

Meanwhile, in Manitoba where there were 343 with the disease, the Church of God in Steinbach was fined $5,000 for a drive-in service Sunday. And six parishioners were each ticketed $1,296 for attending, after police blocked entrance to the church.

NOTES: In related COVID news …

  • As cases climb in the run-up to Christmas, focus is swiftly turning to the vaccine early next year as countries scramble for does expected in the early months. Canada is skipping contracting out by allowing its procurement officials to sole-source supply.
  • In the U.K. you may be on the outs — literally — if you refuse the vaccine. Proof of it could be required before you enter restaurants or other public congregate areas of exposure.
Dec. 1 started with more snow, which is expected to continue this week and it begin a long winter ahead. It also marked the first case of COVID in Gravenhurst this month, a man 18-34 with close contact.
Tuesday’s 38 COVID cases include one man from Gravenhurst, aged 18-34 with close contact.

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