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COVID variants now dominating local case counts, says medical officer of health

COVID variants now dominating local case counts, says medical officer of health

'When we’re talking about COVID, we’re essentially talking about variants of concern in Simcoe-Muskoka,' says Gardner
Area retirement homes to share $317K from province to help cover COVID costs

Area retirement homes to share $317K from province to help cover COVID costs

'Protecting our seniors and vulnerable people has been at the forefront of our strategy to combat COVID-19,' says Downey
Health unit launches follow-up survey on COVID-19 impacts

Health unit launches follow-up survey on COVID-19 impacts

Aim is to get feedback from as many residents as possible, those from all walks of life and living in a variety of situations
Ontario has entered third wave of COVID-19, say province's science advisers

Ontario has entered third wave of COVID-19, say province's science advisers

The group says new data shows variants of concern are driving pandemic growth, accounting for 733 of 1,489 total cases
Health unit confirms 101st Barrie death since pandemic began

Health unit confirms 101st Barrie death since pandemic began

There are 35 Barrie residents among 71 new COVID cases being reported in the region today; There have now been 2,500 local cases
<updated>WATCH:</updated> Humber College will now offer full standalone nursing degrees

WATCH: Humber College will now offer full standalone nursing degrees

Watch the livestream feed of the press conference here
Three new COVID cases reported today at Barrie schools

Three new COVID cases reported today at Barrie schools

Two more cases have been detected at Ferndale Woods, as well as a single case at Allandale Heights
Ontario reports 1,074 new COVID cases Tuesday

Ontario reports 1,074 new COVID cases Tuesday

Today's update also notes 1,085 recoveries, 11 deaths, and 30 new hospitalizations
Barrie group plans weekly protests until all restrictions are lifted

Barrie group plans weekly protests until all restrictions are lifted

'I’ve been physically attacked, verbally attacked ... I’ve been called selfish and dangerous and I’ve had the cops called on me,' says organizer who refuses to wear a mask
Two more cases at Penetanguishene superjail over the weekend

Two more cases at Penetanguishene superjail over the weekend

The outbreak has blossomed to 23 with a local woman worried about her son's safety