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'Barrie has become ground zero for what is likely a COVID-19 variant of concern,' says Gardner

'Barrie has become ground zero for what is likely a COVID-19 variant of concern,' says Gardner

Health unit is at Roberta Place retirement home today immunizing residents and staff
Two more deaths reported at Roberta Place, bringing death toll to 27

Two more deaths reported at Roberta Place, bringing death toll to 27

There are 96 currently residents residing in the Essa Road facility and there are nine residents being cared for in hospital
Town hall brings together community leaders to discuss COVID crisis

Town hall brings together community leaders to discuss COVID crisis

'Clearly, (COVID-19) has had a major impact on the well-being of the people of Simcoe-Muskoka,' official says at virtual town hall forum on COVID-19
Health unit reports 112 new COVID cases in the county today, including 65 in Barrie

Health unit reports 112 new COVID cases in the county today, including 65 in Barrie

Health officials also release more information on the deaths that have been linked to Roberta Place outbreak in Barrie
<updated>WATCH: </updated> Feds deploying mobile health units to help Ontario in fight against COVID-19

WATCH: Feds deploying mobile health units to help Ontario in fight against COVID-19

MHUs will provide an additional 200 hospital beds in the GTA
Ontario reports 2,662 new COVID cases today

Ontario reports 2,662 new COVID cases today

Active cases, hospitalizations and weekly incidence rate are all trending downward based on provincial reporting
Pandemic's impact 'negligible' at Lake Simcoe airport, official says

Pandemic's impact 'negligible' at Lake Simcoe airport, official says

Aircraft movements have decreased by around 35%, largely due to temporary closure of the flight school and decline in recreational flying, says airport manager
Six more Roberta Place residents succumb to COVID, bringing death toll to 25

Six more Roberta Place residents succumb to COVID, bringing death toll to 25

There are 122 residents confirmed to have the virus, which is unchanged from Wednesday, while the number of cases among staff and team members increased to 74 from 69 in the past 24 hours
Local help, not the military, is best for Roberta Place, says minister of long-term care

Local help, not the military, is best for Roberta Place, says minister of long-term care

'Ultimately, the community spread is the biggest threat to long-term care staff and homes, so everyone has a role to play,' says Dr. Fullerton
Family members raise red flags about communication coming out of Roberta Place

Family members raise red flags about communication coming out of Roberta Place

'I can assure you in no way shape or form is anyone trying to hide the numbers, change the numbers, play down the numbers, increase the numbers. We’re all working on the same team,' says Dr. Colin Lee