Health Unit moves COVID risk level to high
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) moved the region’s overall COVID-19 Community Risk Level from moderate to high last week, as the health unit says the virus continues to circulate within the community.
The health unit says there has been an increase in local COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths in the last few weeks. Since September 2023, there have been 39 deaths in which COVID-19 is either the underlying or contributing cause of death. All but one of them were individuals 65 years of age and older.
Dr. Colin Lee, SMDHU’s associate medical officer of health says that “With the higher level of COVID-19 transmission in Simcoe Muskoka, there is a greater risk of getting sick with potential for severe illness.”
This is the first time the risk level has been at high since December 2022