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27 people from Simcoe-Muskoka hospitalized for COVID-19, 6 in ICU

27 people from Simcoe-Muskoka hospitalized for COVID-19, 6 in ICU

There were 358 new cases captured by limited lab testing in the region on Jan. 13, according to the health unit's daily report
Health unit warns of big chill expected this weekend

Health unit warns of big chill expected this weekend

Wind chill values near -35° C are expected early Friday morning
Top doc warns COVID numbers unreliable, priority on supporting essential services

Top doc warns COVID numbers unreliable, priority on supporting essential services

'I’m focused not so much on data, but knowledge ... ways of knowing how well we're functioning,' says Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for Simcoe-Muskoka region
OSMH provides update on its response to the Omicron surge

OSMH provides update on its response to the Omicron surge

With 20 people in OSMH due to COVID and about 50 staff off daily due to COVID, it's a challenge, says CEO, who addressed the community via virtual forum
410 COVID patients in Ontario ICUs, testing captures 9,909 new cases

410 COVID patients in Ontario ICUs, testing captures 9,909 new cases

A little over half of the 3,630 COVID-positive patients in hospital were admitted because of COVID-19
Province promises school vaccine clinics, but that will pose a 'challenge,' warns health unit

Province promises school vaccine clinics, but that will pose a 'challenge,' warns health unit

'Although transmission can and has happened in schools, we see a higher degree of transmission, generally, in the community,' says Gardner, applauding province's decision
Police investigating home invasion, abduction in Wasaga Beach

Police investigating home invasion, abduction in Wasaga Beach

Police say there are concerns for the victim's safety, and the suspects are believed to be armed and dangerous
Teachers' union rep says province has 'weak reopening strategy' in place for Monday

Teachers' union rep says province has 'weak reopening strategy' in place for Monday

'Time and time again, this government has illustrated that it has no idea how schools work,' says Catholic secondary school union president
Good morning, Orillia!

Good morning, Orillia!

Here's a look at the current local weather and gas prices
Hospitals hit with 'one-two punch' amid rising admissions, staff shortages

Hospitals hit with 'one-two punch' amid rising admissions, staff shortages

'I am concerned. We are indeed seeing a very large number of cases here,' lamented Charles Gardner, the region's medical officer of health