COVID-19: Here is the situation at Collingwood today

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed a third case of COVID-19 in a Collingwood resident, reporting today that a man in his 50s has tested positive for the virus. He isolates himself at home.

The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH) has approximately one week’s supply of most personal protective equipment, but an increase in the number of cases could quickly devour this supply.

“The CGMH has worked hard to follow the protocols and keep PPE in the hospital,” said CGMH President and CEO Norah Holder, adding that the hospital keeps daily records of its supplies and submits them to the Ministry of Health.

The hospital is also working to increase the capacity of the intensive care beds.

“We currently have five intensive care unit beds and two ventilators,” said Holder. “We hope to have seven intensive care unit beds by April 23.”

The hospital is also undertaking temporary renovations in the emergency department and is planning off-site capacity near the hospital to accommodate a larger increase in patients in the event of an emergency.

SMDHU medical officer of health Dr. Charles Gardner said he encouraged assessment centers to relax the test criteria and test more people if they had the capacity.

“The capacity is increasing and the province is looking to increase the screening criteria, to make it more accessible to more people,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health of the SMDHU. “Certainly, I support this. “

He recommended calling your local assessment center to see if you can take a test. To reach the Collingwood Assessment Center, you can call (705) 444-5885.

It does not recommend testing anyone without symptoms.

Ontario reported the highest number of confirmed cases in a day, with another 552 laboratory-confirmed cases this morning, bringing the provincial total to 5,276.

Collingwood’s council is meeting this afternoon to discuss a number of issues related to COVID-19. CollingwoodToday will report on these decisions after the meeting.

For more information on COVID-19, click here.



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