Mark Clairmont |

SIMCOE-MUSKOKA — No matter who’s counting — COVID’s days are numbered.

This morning the province reported 4 cases in Simcoe-Muskoka.

This afternoon the health unit says it’s 13 — with a man in Gravenhurst aged 35-44 who had close contact after being reported yesterday with a first episode June 3.

The coronavirus is not officially over — and that may never happen.

But the pandemic pendulum has swung back far enough and with enough new numbers now to confidently say …

That MuskokaTODAY’s prediction desk is calling Canadians winners in this fight of their lives.

That’s official here as of June 8, 2021.

At least regionally, where you no longer need a calculator to add up the number of people infected or who have died.

Let’s look at a few more of the impressive numbers coming out Tuesday that are causing such great joy and reason for hope on social media.

And they include this comment from loyal reader Karen Richards who writes: “Wow! Only 4 in the whole health unit. Fantastic news!”

  • 199 active cases;
  • 133 vaccines of concern;
  • No new deaths;
  • No new hospitalizations;
  • 397,200+ regional residents have been vaccinated;
  • 58.7 per cent have had at least once vaccine and 7.9 per cent two;
  • Vaccine appointments and updates are actually improving and can sometimes be had within days now. Though there are lingering delays even as some pharmacies say it’s only a matter of days before they get more supply.

As Ontario lumbers out of this winter slumber with more opening freedoms Friday, it’s much the same success stories provincewide at it counted 469 people with COVID — but 18 deaths, which was down from 525-15 Monday.

York Region had no cases after 34 yesterday, Peel was at 76 that was a drop from 95 a day ago.

Toronto did see a jump to 182 from 114.


  • 12,078 cases to date
  • 26 new cases this week, 152 last week, which is 27% lower than the 207 cases the week before.
  • 1 death in June, 18 in May, 25 in April, 12 in March
  • 3,846 Alpha variants to date, 143 Gamma, 26 Beta, 10 Delta
  • 701 cases await confirmation of variant
  • 397,200+ vaccines have been administered in Simcoe Muskoka
  • 352,800+ Simcoe-Muskokans have received their first dose of vaccine
Finally some good numbers to crunch.


  • Province passes special legislation today to allow large gathering vigil tonight in London for victims of hate crime killing of Muslim family.
  • Across Canada cases are hitting their lowest levels so far in 2021. The national daily average over the past week is 1,798, its lowest since the start of October.
  • Manitoba’s Church of God Restoration, south of Steinbach, faces a $1 million fine after the province takes it to court for violating gathering and closing orders.
  • Quebec students back in school can remove masks inside classrooms due to heat wave.
  • U.S. rebounding at record pace
As Ontario numbers continue their daily downward slide the economy is picking up as is the case with customers at many drive-thru stores.


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