District Doubles Paramedic Recruits
District of Muskoka councillors received a sweeping overview of the current state of health affairs during their latest council meeting.
Speaking during their Tuesday meeting, Norm Barrette, the District commissioner of health, said there had been 19 cases of COVID-19 in Muskoka as of his presentation. Of those, 16 have now recovered, and 1 person has passed away. The majority of the cases have been in Huntsville, which has had 7 cases, and Gravenhurst, which has had 6. The death occurred with a person from Muskoka Lakes township, and 1 person remains in hospital in Huntsville.
Barrette said the most common form of virus transmission in Muskoka has now switched from travel-related to community contact and close contact.
Coronavirus typically affects an older demographic, but in the Simcoe-Muskoka region, the majority of cases are with people between the ages of 35 and 64.
On another note, Barrette said calls to Muskoka paramedics have dropped 25 per cent in volume over 2019. While almost all types of calls have declined, the steepest drop in calls for service has been related to opioid issues, which have declined by 54 per cent versus the same time last year.
Muskoka will also be taking on more new paramedic recruits this summer. Normally, they take on 10 to 12 seasonal paramedics as cottagers return, but this year, they’ve secured 21 new recruits.
Barette said COVID-19 cases MAY stabilize with the warmer weather, but Muskoka can expect a second spike of cases when the weather cools.