Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — So much for a reprieve.

A day after one case in Muskoka, the health unit reports 11 more today.

They are among 89 Wednesday, according to the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).

Five are in Huntsville (107 in total now), three in Gravenhurst (55), two in Muskoka Lakes (61) and one in Bracebridge (53). Georgian Bay has had 20 cases and Lake of Bays 17.

The following 10 cases were in Muskoka and all reported yesterday:

1.      Bracebridge man, 45-64, under investigation, first episode April 12

2.      Gravenhurst woman, 45-64, under investigation, first episode April 11

3.      Gravenhurst man, 45-64, under investigation, first episode April 11

4.      Gravenhurst man, 45-64, close contact, first episode April 9

5.      Huntsville female, under 18, under investigation, first episode April 12

6.      Huntsville man, 18-34, under investigation, first episode April 12

7.      Huntsville woman, 35-44, under investigation, first episode April 12

8.      Huntsville woman, 45-65, under investigation, first episode April 12

9.      Huntsville woman, 45-64, close contact, first episode April 4

10.  Muskoka Lakes woman, 18-34, under investigation, first episode April 12

11.  A Muskoka Lakes man, 18-34, was first reported April 8 as part of an outbreak, and with a first episode of April 5

In Simcoe-Muskoka 3 more people in Simcoe have died.

And 42 people are in hospital, one in Muskoka.

There are 971 active cases within the region.

They are among 4,156 cases provincewide, where there was a spike in deaths at 28.

That’s up from 3,670 yesterday in Ontario.

Toronto went up to 1,254 (from 3,670), while York fell to 476 (519) as did Peel at 593 (613).

North Bay-Parry Sound held steady at 5 cases and Sudbury fell to 14 from 44.

Retired Gravenhurst doctor David Hillyard says he’s concerned about the province’s flip-flop this week on schools. He says student and teacher safety has to be paramount.

Ontario’s 7-day case average is at 4,003, with an average of 19 people still dying every day.

The province reports 3,422,974 vaccines have been administered, with 337,206 people having gotten their second dose.

With no LTC deaths reported today, the toll in long-term-care homes remains t 3,755.

This as Health Canada says after a review the AstraZeneca vaccine is “very safe.” It adds the risk of clots is extremely rare and the benefits far outweigh those risks.

Quebec City is offering an overnight vaccine clinic to keep up with demand.

Meanwhile, Quebec is reporting 1,559 cases and one death the past 24 hours.

Manitoba says it had 86 new cases.


  • 1,501 UK variants, 18 from Brazil, 2 from South Africa.
  • 463 cases have screened positive awaiting confirmatory testing.
  • 136,600+ doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered by the health unit, doctors and pharmacists.
  • 121,750+ have received their first dose of vaccine, which is about 20% of the total population.
  • 265 new cases this week. There were 654 last week, which is 45% higher than the 450 cases beginning the final week of March.
  • There have been 13 COVID-19 deaths so far in April; 12 in March.


  • Ottawa has given Ontario $525 million to help with school ventilation and broadband.
  • As Canada continues to study the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, some other countries like Poland continue to inject it. But South Africa as suspended its use, as it deals with 1.5 million cases and 53,000 deaths.
  • In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has gotten his second shot.


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