Cluster of coronavirus cases in GTA linked to Muskoka weekend

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The 11 visitors to the Muskoka area who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week have now been linked to the GTA.The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed to Daily Hive that Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Garner said the cases were from people living in the GTA.

When asked about the incident, Ontario Chief Medical Officer Dr David Williams said: “You can’t say, ‘Well it’s a holiday and we’re slipping, we’re letting the standards slip.’ . This is not acceptable ”, during a briefing Thursday.

Williams urged residents to avoid travel if they have been in contact with an infected person. “If you’re positive, don’t go,” he says. “If you have signs and symptoms, don’t go.”

Williams noted that this is how coronavirus cases could spread across the province from a tourist area crossed by thousands of people. And that puts the residents of the Hunstville area at an unfair position.

“I understand that those at these gatherings weren’t exerting the six-foot distance. They probably weren’t in the same social circle, ”Williams said. “Respect these local people… we don’t want to spread infections in this area at any time, at any time.”

About 30 people from the group of GTA residents who tested positive on Wednesday were reported to have stayed at the Deerhurst Resort and also had dinner at the Three Guys and a Stove restaurant in Huntsville from August 1-3.

“None of them had symptoms at the time, individuals among them developed symptoms after returning home from outside the area and sought tests with positive results for 11 of those people. Gardner said at the time.

The health unit is investigating possible contacts at the restaurant and the resort to determine who should self-isolate and get tested.

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