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Simcoe Manor Outbreak Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-Manor-Outbreak-Update.aspx1/4/2021 1:37:27 PMSimcoe Manor Outbreak Update<span><span><h2>January 14, 2021 Update</h2><p>We are pleased to share that our case count remains stable with no new cases. See updates below for more details. </p></span></span><h2><br></h2><h2>January 8, 2021 Update</h2><p></p><p>We are pleased to share that our case count remains stable with no new cases. We continue with two positive staff cases and our Tosorontio unit remains in outbreak, with residents on this floor under isolation protocols. <br></p><p>All residents in the home were tested for precautionary measures on Monday and 106 of the 108 resident test results have been returned as negative. The remaining two results were related to two residents who had previously tested positive and their results, as expected, were returned as positive, reflecting this previous infection. Staff were tested Wednesday and we retested Tosorontio residents <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span> again on Thursday. ​<br></p><h2><br></h2><h2>January 6, 2021 Update<br></h2><p></p><p>Please note that our case count remains stable with no new case updates to share since our last communications on January 4th. We continue with two positive staff cases and our Tosorontio unit remains in outbreak, with residents on this floor under isolation protocols. </p><p>All residents in the home were tested for precautionary measures on Monday and results received to date are all negative. Staff are being tested today and we plan to test Tosorontio residents <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span> again this this week. <br></p><p>​</p><h2>January 4, 2021 Update​​<br></h2><p></p><p>The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (Health Unit) informed the County of one (1) additional positive staff case at Simcoe Manor. This brings total positive cases to two (2) staff.  </p><p>Both staff members were identified through our weekly testing process at the home on December 30. Both also work full-time on the Tosorontio Unit.</p><p>The Tosorontio Unit at Simcoe Manor continues to be in outbreak. All residents on Tosorontio Unit are in isolation, which includes all activities occurring in rooms and further PPE protocols for staff providing care/support. Residents on all other units are in quarantine, with meals still occurring in the dining area where enhanced infection control measures have been implemented. </p><p>We are awaiting test results for all residents (tested on Sunday) with routine testing of all staff occurring​ this week. <br></p><p>Simcoe Village is not placed in outbreak, but any shared amenities and areas are closed. <br><br></p><h2>January 3, 2021 Update<br></h2><p>The Simcoe Muskoka District Health (Health Unit) Unit informed us of 1 positive staff case at Simcoe Manor. The individual is asymptomatic and was identified through our weekly testing process at the home on December 30. This person works full time on Tosorontio Unit with their last shift January 1<sup>st</sup>. </p><p>Due to this one case, the Health Unit is placing Tosorontio Unit at Simcoe Manor in outbreak. All residents will be placed in quarantine (activities will occur in their rooms) and residents on the Tosorontio Unit will be placed in isolation, which includes further PPE protocols for staff providing care/support – please see details and instructions below. </p><p>Simcoe Village will not be placed in outbreak, but any shared amenities and areas are closed. </p><p>We're optimistic that this case was caught early and our management team is immediately deploying resources and expertise to support staff in our response. </p><ul><li>Staff are being strictly cohorted to the Tosorontio Unit and are not to move to any other unit </li><li>All admissions for the full facility are on hold at this time  </li><li>Routine mass staff testing is scheduled for <strong>Wednesday, January 6</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> </strong></li><li>All residents on Tosorontio Unit are being tested immediately </li></ul>
County continues to provide essential services during second Provincial Emergency Declarationhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-continues-to-provide-essential-services-during-second-provincial-emergency-declaration.aspx1/15/2021 4:09:57 PMCounty continues to provide essential services during second Provincial Emergency Declaration<p><strong>Midhurst/January 15, 2021 – </strong>Following the provincial stay-at-home order, the County is reminding residents that critical services will continue during this second province-wide Emergency Declaration. Throughout the pandemic, the County has supported thousands of businesses and residents, and will continue to deliver programs in alignment with Public Health guidelines during this extended lockdown.  </p><p>More than 1,700 of the County's 1,850 employees work in healthcare and essential front-line service roles or directly support these critical services. Throughout the pandemic, the County has utilized every resource it has to continue to maintain essential services, support our communities and care for vulnerable residents.</p><p>The following service, facility and program updates remain in effect:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>CLOSED</em></strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> to the Public</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p><strong>County Administration Centre (Midhurst)</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The Administration Centre will be closed to the public (excluding the Midhurst Ontario Works office which has a separate entrance and remains open). Staff will continue to serve residents, clients and partners virtually by appointment only</li><li>The Service Simcoe Contact Centre will be moving to virtual service only at <a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca">service@simcoe.ca</a> or 705-735-6901</li><li>The Cravings @ Work Cafeteria will be closed to staff and the public during the lockdown</li></ul><p><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The facility will be closed to the public</li><li>Virtual school programs will be coming online at the beginning of February (watch <a href="file:///C:/Users/agreenwood/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/G2S5C2Z3/museum.simcoe.ca">Museum.Simcoe.ca</a> for details and start date)</li><li>Due to timing of the lockdown and necessary safety precautions, the Museum Skate Trail will remain closed for the duration of the 2021 season</li></ul><p><strong>Simcoe County Archives</strong></p><ul><li>Building access remains closed to the public during the pandemic</li><li>Staff will continue to provide remote/virtual services to the public and clients. <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=45666d09-7c4a-4b78-956e-9ff972d5a3ab">Click here</a> for information </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>CONTINUED</em></strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> Essential/Critical Services</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p>Operating details are subject to change and will be updated on the County's <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx">website</a></p><p><strong>Landfills and Curbside Waste Collection</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Landfills will remain open on their modified COVID-19 schedule</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>For safety precautions all landfills will move to cashless transactions (debit and credit only with tap preferred)</li><li>Curbside waste collection services will continue</li></ul><p><strong>LINX Transit</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>LINX Transit will continue to operate all routes with safety precautions in place</li><li>There is no immediate change to route schedules; however, staff will monitor passenger volume and adjust schedules as needed</li></ul><p><strong>Ontario Works Offices</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>All Ontario Works offices remain open including the office at the Administration Centre in Midhurst, with limited operational functions being supported by designated staffing cohorts</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Clients are encouraged to utilize virtual assistance options to further reduce foot traffic </li></ul><p><strong>Emergency Child Care Support </strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>As requested by the Ministry of Education, the County of Simcoe is collaborating with local licensed child care operators to develop Emergency Child Care Programs for eligible parents of school-aged children. <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Pages/Emergency-Child-Care---January-2021.aspx">Click here</a> to learn more</li><li>The County will also be supporting licensed home child care providers who wish to offer additional hours to support the child care needs of Emergency Workers during the outbreak <br></li></ul><p><strong>General Services</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The County will also maintain safe operations in Long-Term Care and Seniors Services facilities, Paramedic Services, Economic Development and Tourism, Library Co-operative, Planning, Simcoe County Forests, Transportation and Engineering, roads and plowing services, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, Social Housing, Local Immigration Services, Children and Community Services, Customer Service, Legislative and Government Services (including virtual Council meetings) and administrative/support departments. Staff will be working remotely where possible and public/client assistance will be by appointment for relevant services</li></ul><p>The County declared an emergency on March 18, 2020. Our regional state of emergency continued throughout 2020 and is ongoing at this time. <br></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a>​</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
Trillium Manor Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/trillium-manor-update.aspx12/14/2020 10:49:43 PMTrillium Manor Update<span><p><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;display:none;"></span></p><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:25.888px;"></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Case Update – January 13</strong></span><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">:</strong><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4"> (</span><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">Outbreak Declared December 14)</strong><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">​</span><br><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-1 "><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" style="width:332px;"><strong>​​Trillium Manor Status Update</strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-1" style="width:50%;"><strong>As of January 13</strong><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" style="width:332px;">​Total # of active res​ident cases<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-1">​2<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" style="width:332px;">Total # of resolved resident cases​<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-1">​8 (includes 3 deaths)<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" style="width:332px;">​Total # of active staff cases<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-1">​6<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" style="width:332px;">​Total # of resolved staff cases<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-1">​14<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-1" rowspan="1" style="width:332px;">​Total case count (residents + staff)<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-1" rowspan="1">​30​<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-1"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-1" rowspan="1" style="width:332px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><span>​​Total # of impacted resident home areas (units)</span><br></span></td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-1" rowspan="1"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​1</span><br></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">J</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">anuary 13, 2021​</span><br></p><p>Yesterday afternoon we received confirmation from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit that resident vaccinations will take place Saturday January 16<sup>th</sup> at the home. <br></p><p>Unfortunately, yesterday we also learned of one new positive staff case and one new positive resident case on the affected unit. We are also saddened to share that a third resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away last night. </p><p>The staff member is asymptomatic and was identified through the affected unit staff testing that last occurred on January 10<sup>th</sup> and will continue to take place every three (3) days, in addition to routine weekly testing for all staff.  </p><p>The resident case was confirmed via a rapid test yesterday morning, which was administered after the individual began exhibiting mild symptoms on Monday evening.​<br></p><p><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">J</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">anuary 11, 2021</span><br></p><p>Over the weekend, we learned of one new staff and one new resident case at Trillium Manor. The staff member's test result dates back to the facility-wide testing completed on January 6<sup>th</sup>and the resident's case dates back to testing completed on January 7<sup>th</sup>. Both cases are on the affected unit.<br></p><p>We are saddened to share that on Sunday, we also experienced the passing of a second resident related to COVID-19. Our thoughts and condolences are with their loved ones during this difficult time. <br></p><p><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">J</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">anuary 7, 2021</span><br></p><p>Today, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit resolved the remaining two resident cases. All residents' swabs from the January 4<sup>th</sup> testing have also been returned as negative. For precautionary reasons, facility-wide resident testing will also take place today. ​<br></p><p><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">​J</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">anuary 6, 2021</span><br></p><p></p><div><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><div>Since yesterday’s update, we have learned of one (1) additional positive staff case – this staff also worked on the af​fected unit. All residents were swabbed on January 4th and results for all residents on the two units have been returned as negative. Test results are outstanding for the remaining units, and we will continue to monitor for them. Facility-wide resident testing will again take place on January 7th.<br></div></div><p><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">J</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">anuary 5, 2021</span></p><p></p><div><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Since our previous update, we have learned of three additional positive staff cases – these staff all work on the affected unit. Weekly staff testing continues, all residents were swabbed on January 4th and will update as we receive the results of this regular and frequent testing.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">We continue to work closely with our partners in Public Health and Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital as we work to further strengthen our defense. </span></p></div><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4"></span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">J</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">anuary 4, 2021</span></p><p></p><div><p>We were notified earlier today of an additional positive staff test result. This staff member works on the affected unit. <span style="font-size:1em;">In summary, we remain at eight​ positive resident cases and now have 14 positive staff cases and one unit on isolation protocol. </span></p></div><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">January 1, 2021</span></p><p></p><div>We look forward to a new start with a new year. T<span style="font-size:1em;">oday, we have confirmed one new positive staff case who worked on the affected unit. This staff member is asymptomatic and doing well. We continue with all residents in the home in quarantine and tray service for meals. In addition, all residents on the affected unit have isolation contact droplet precautions in place.</span></div><div><div><br></div><div>In summary, we have a total of eight positive resident cases and 13 positive staff cases.<br></div></div><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">D​ecember 31, 2020</span></p><p></p><div>Over the Christmas break, we’ve continued to see the impact of this virus on long-term care homes and other congregate healthcare institutions across the province. As of December 30th,  approximately one-third of all long-term care homes in Ontario are currently in outbreak.<br></div><div><br></div><div>These numbers can be overwhelming, but they are also a stark reminder that everyone needs to follow public health guidelines as closely as we can, both at work and in our personal lives, to protect our most vulnerable residents. Reducing community transmission is essential to preventing and minimizing outbreaks in long-term care homes.<br></div><div><br></div><div>To date, Trillium Manor has eight residents and 12 staff who have tested positive.<br><br></div><div><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">Decem</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">ber 29, 2020</span></div><p></p><div>Sadly, on December 24th after the update below, we lost a resident due to COVID-19 while receiving care in hospital. Our thoughts and condolences are with their family and loved ones at this time.<br></div><div><br></div><div>We have recently received one additional positive staff test and one new positive resident test. <span style="font-size:1em;">At this time, all positive cases to date, continue to be isolated to a single unit</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Since the start of the outbreak, we have now received a total </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f 17 positive cases at Trillium (10 staff and 7 residents).</span></div></span><span><div><br><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">Decem</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">ber 24, 2020</span><br></div><p></p><p>We are happy to report that we have not received any further positive cases from our testing since our last update on Tuesday, December 22. We have now received all resident results from the testing on Monday December 21 and all results have returned negative. This is great news in that it means that the virus has been contained to the affected unit. We continue to monitor the health of residents and staff, and we wish everyone impacted a health recovery. <br></p><p>Since the start of the outbreak, we have received a total of 15 positive cases at Trillium (9 staff and 6 residents).<br></p><p>Please know that we continue to work closely with Public Health to ensure that we are taking all appropriate precautions to protect our staff and residents. All residents on the Oro-Medonte unit remain in isolation under droplet contact precautions and are receiving in-room tray service for their meals until further direction from the Health Unit. All other resident units remain in quarantine only (with all activities excluding meals occurring in rooms).<br></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">December 22, 2020​</span></p><p>Since our update on December 19, we received news of three (3) new positive staff cases. One staff member last worked in the home on December 14, the second staff member worked on December 16, and the third worked today.  All three (3) staff followed PPE and IPAC protocols and were cohorted to the affected unit. These staff also tested negative on December 9 as part of routine testing.  We were also notified of one (1) new positive resident case. The resident lives on the affected unit and is asymptomatic at this time. </p><p>This brings the total to 15 positive cases related to this outbreak at Trillium Manor (6 residents and 9 staff). <br></p><p>All residents on the affected unit remain in isolation under droplet contact precautions and are receiving in-room tray service for their meals until further direction from the Health Unit. All other resident units remain in quarantine only (with all activities excluding meals occurring in rooms).<br></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4"></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">December 19, 2020</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">​</span><span style="font-family:oswald, sans-serif;font-size:1.618em;">​</span></p><div>Today (December 19) we received news of one new positive resident case and one new positive staff case. The resident is also on our affected unit. The staff member last worked in the home on December 10 and had been working on the affected unit as well as the screening area. The staff member’s test on December 9 was negative, and this new positive test was taken earlier this week as part of our routine testing.<br></div><div>​<br></div><div>This brings the total to 11 positive cases related to this outbreak at Trillium Manor.<br></div><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">​<br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">December 18, 2020 </span><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><div><p>Today we received an additional staff case. The new staff case was identified through weekly testing. We thank all our affected staff for following the appropriate steps, seeking testing as warranted, and keeping Trillium Manor informed throughout the process.</p><p>Facility-wide resident testing also took place on December 17<sup>th</sup>, with those on the affected u​nit also receiving rapid testing. The rapid testing did confirm that a fourth resident on the affected unit has tested positive, bringing our total to nine (9) active cases.<br><br></p></div><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">December 16, 2020 </span><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p></span><div><span> Since our update last evening, the Simcoe Muskoka District Heath Unit (SMDHU) advised us of one (1) new resident positive case at Trillium Manor. This individual also resides on the affected unit. Today we also received confirmation that one (1) additional staff member sought community testing after developing mild symptoms over the weekend ​and their test came back positive.<br></span></div><div>This brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases at Trillium Manor to six, with three staff and three residents<span> affected.<br></span></div><div><br><span></span></div><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">December 15, 2020 </span><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">As advise</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d on December 14, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) placed Trillium Manor in COVID-19 outbreak with one confirmed positive staff case. Immediate testing confirmed one additional positive staff case and two positive resident cases.</span><br></p><p>The wellness and the safety of everyone at Trillium Manor is our number one priority and we will continue to take all necessary steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our home. <br></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-4">December 14, 2020</span><br></p><p>​On December 14, the County of Simcoe was informed that one agenc<span style="font-size:1em;">y</span><span style="font-size:1em;text-decoration-line:line-through;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">staff member at Trillium Manor has tested positive for CO​VID-19. The individual was identified through our mandatory weekly testing process. The individual is currently asymptomatic and is being retested.</span></p><p>At this time, 189 staff results have been received through our weekly testing that occurred on Wednesday, December 9th, with all returned as negative with the exception of this one case. </p><p>The Health Unit has placed Trillium Manor in Outbreak. We have implemented extensive infection control measures and we're are optimistic that this is an isolated case and caught early through weekly testing. </p><p>We have amazing and well-trained staff and we will continue to care and protect our residents and each other.​​​​<br><br>​<br></p>
2020 County of Simcoe Paramedic Toy Drive receives overwhelming community supporthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/2020-csps-toy-drive-receives-overwhelming-community-support-21-01-08.aspx1/8/2021 9:06:45 PM2020 County of Simcoe Paramedic Toy Drive receives overwhelming community support<p><strong>Midhurst/January 8, 2021</strong> – On December 18<sup>th</sup>, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services announced it had wrapped and tied a bow on its 18<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive; however, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Simcoe County residents, donations continued to roll in throughout the holiday season.</p><p>All told, 5,994 toys, 5,694 lbs of foo​d, $32,178.05 in cash and $4,655 in gift cards were received and shared with those in need throughout the region, making this our most successful Toy Drive to date.<br></p><p>With this year's new totals, the Toy Drive has collected 90,259 toys, 42,874 lbs of food, and approximately $209,090 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 18 years.<br></p><p>​​All donations have been distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, with new donations received during the holiday season provided to Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions to help provide birthday gifts for children in need throughout the year.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
New COVID-19 Response Fund to assist small to medium tourism businesses in their fight to stop the spread of COVIDhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/new-COVID-19-response-fund-to-assist-small-to-medium-tourism-businesses-in-their-fight-to-stop-the-spread-of-COVID.aspx1/7/2021 8:08:31 PMNew COVID-19 Response Fund to assist small to medium tourism businesses in their fight to stop the spread of COVID<p><strong>Midhurst/January 7, 2021</strong> – The County of Simcoe in partnership with Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7), Grey County, and the Cities of Barrie and Orillia have introduced a non-repayable relief fund ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to support small and medium tourism businesses. This fund is intended to help offset the high cost of keeping patrons and staff safe while adapting to the changing health and safety requirements and the increasing safety demands during COVID-19. </p><p>All small to medium tourism businesses with between 1 and 99 employees in Simcoe County, Grey County and the cities of Barrie and Orillia are encouraged to apply, including not-for-profit organizations that support tourism. Businesses are required have a 20 per cent cash contribution.<br></p><p>​For the purpose of this program, Tourism Businesses as defined by and according to Tourism HR <span style="font-size:1em;">Canada include:</span></p><ul><li>Accommodation (hotels, motels, resorts, campgrounds, and recreational vehicle facilities)</li><li>Recreation and Entertainment (zoos, museums, theatres, sports facilities, amusement parks, government parks, heritage sites, hunting, fishing or outdoor adventure outfitters, and casinos)</li><li>Food and beverage services (restaurants from fast service to fine dining, as well as pubs, nightclubs, cruise ships, and convention centres)</li><li>Travel services (retail travel agencies, wholesale tour companies, or corporate offices with their own booking divisions)</li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Transportation (companies that provide transport by air, land or water, and include airlines, bus companies, taxi companies, ferry services, and cruise ships)</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-size:1em;">E</span><span style="font-size:1em;">xamples of Eligible Adaptation include:</span><br></div><div><ul><li>Addition or expansion of restaurant patios</li><li>Plexiglass barriers at counters or between tables</li><li>Touchless payment systems</li><li>Reservation systems</li><li>Sanitization stations</li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">COVID-19 sanitizer fogging equipment, etc. </span></li></ul><span style="font-size:1em;">To learn more about the eligibility requirements in both French and English and to download the application form, visit </span><a href="http://www.rto7.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">www.RTO7.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.   </span><br style="font-size:1em;"><br style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Applications due by Sunday, January 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m.</span><br style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">simcoe.ca</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></div><div>​<br></div><div><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><strong>- 30 -</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong><br></strong></div><div style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></div><div style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;"><br></strong></div><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant <br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></div><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><br></span></div><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span></div></div>
County continues to provide essential services during lockdownhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-continues-to-provide-essential-services-during-lockdown.aspx12/23/2020 7:57:02 PMCounty continues to provide essential services during lockdown<p><strong>Midhurst/December 23, 2020 – </strong>The Province of Ontario has announced a 28-day initial lockdown running December 26 to January 23. As the provider of significant regional services, the County is working with the Health Unit and area partners to ensure critical services are maintained while adhering to all safety guidelines. </p><p>Effective December 26 at 12:01 a.m. the following services, facilities and programs will be impacted:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>CLOSED</em></strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> to the Public</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p><strong>County Administration Centre (Midhurst)</strong></p><ul><li>The Administration Centre will be closed to the Public until January 23. Staff will continue to serve residents, clients and partners virtually by appointment only</li><li>The Service Simcoe Contact Centre will be moving to virtual service only at <a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca">service@simcoe.ca</a> or 705-735-6901</li><li>The Cravings @ Work Cafeteria will be closed to staff and the public during the lockdown</li></ul><p><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong></p><ul><li>The facility will be closed to the public until January 23</li><li>Staff will continue to work towards offering the Skate Trail in late January, weather and restrictions permitting</li></ul><p><strong>Simcoe County Archives</strong></p><ul><li>Building access remains closed to the public during the pandemic</li><li>Staff will continue to provide remote/virtual services to the public and clients. <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=45666d09-7c4a-4b78-956e-9ff972d5a3ab">Click here</a> for information </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>CONTINUED</em></strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> Essential/Critical Services</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p><strong>Landfills and Curbside Waste Collection </strong></p><ul><li>Landfills will remain open on their modified COVID-19 schedule, with holiday closures occurring on the Statutory Holidays only (December 25, December 26 and January 1) and at 12 p.m. on December 24</li><li>For safety precautions all landfills will move to cashless transactions (debit and credit only with tap preferred)</li><li>Curbside waste collection services will continue. During the holidays, Friday collections on December 25 and January 1 will move to the Saturdays (December 26 and January 2). All other collection days remain the same during the holidays</li></ul><p><strong>LINX Transit</strong></p><ul><li>LINX Transit will continue to operate all routes with safety precautions in place</li><li>Holiday hours are in effect with no service on the three Statutory Holidays only (December 25, December 26 and January 1)</li></ul><p><strong>Ontario Works Offices</strong></p><ul><li>Due to the essential nature of the service, Ontario Works Offices will remain open to provide limited and modified client support </li><li>Enhanced safety measures and screening will be further implemented</li><li>Clients are encouraged to utilize virtual assistance options to further reduce foot traffic </li></ul><p><strong>Emergency Child Care Support </strong></p><ul><li>At direction from the Ministry of Education, the County of Simcoe is collaborating with local system stakeholders to facilitate access to targeted Emergency Child Care that will support eligible parents of school-aged children, from January 4-8, 2021. <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Pages/Emergency-Child-Care---January-2021.aspx">Click here</a> to learn more</li><li>The County will also be supporting child care providers who wish to offer additional hours to support the child care needs of Emergency Workers during the outbreak. </li></ul><p><strong>General Services</strong></p><ul><li>The County will also maintain safe operations in Long-Term Care and Seniors Services facilities, Paramedic Services, Economic Development and Tourism, Library Co-operative, Planning, Forestry, Transportation and Engineering, roads and plowing services, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, Social Housing, Local Immigration Services, Children and Community Services, Customer Service, Legislative and Government Services (including virtual Council meetings) and administrative/support departments. Staff will be working remotely where possible and public/client assistance will be by appointment for relevant services</li></ul><p>Given the scope of essential services, continuation of redeployment efforts for those still working in other essential departments, and the ability to continue serving our communities remotely, the County does not anticipate any planned staff layoffs during the lockdown. <br></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS​</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedics wrap-up the 2020 Toy Drivehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedics-wrap-up-the-2020-toy-drive.aspx12/23/2020 5:34:22 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedics wrap-up the 2020 Toy Drive<p><strong>Midhurst/December 23, 2020</strong> – On December 18<sup>th</sup>, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services wrapped up its 18<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive having collected 3,259 toys, 5,593 lbs of food, $25,536 in cash, and $3,100 in gift cards thanks to the generosity of the community and a number of significant donations from businesses and organizations including Toys for the North, Thomson Terminal Limited, Couchiching Jubilee House and Global Medic.</p><p>“The generosity shown by local residents through their donations of tens of thousands of dollars in toys, food and cash during this year's Toy Drive is an excellent demonstration of our character, strength and resiliency," said Warden George Cornell. “With Ontario under increasing public health restrictions, many charitable initiatives are suffering. However, these kind donations, combined with the outstanding efforts of our Paramedics who volunteered their time to make the Toy Drive possible, have helped to bring happiness and joy to families across our region, providing another shining example of inspiration and hope for Simcoe County residents to celebrate this festive season."<br></p><p>With this year's totals, the Toy Drive has collected 87,524 toys, 42,773 lbs of food, and approximately $200,893 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 18 years.<br></p><p>“I am so proud of our County of Simcoe Paramedics who once again gave their time and energy to help those in need and provide for struggling residents during a pandemic. COVID-19 has challenged us all to stand together as one community and this year's results have been truly outstanding," said Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. “Thanks to the Simcoe County Paramedic Association, we were able to create a virtual donation option that allowed our residents to continue to show their support from the safety of their own homes. I'd also like to thank the students from the Paramedic programs at Georgian College and CTS Canadian Career College for helping to promote this year's Toy Drive to their families, friends and followers via their social media accounts." <br></p><p>All donations will be distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Charities supported by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive include the Salvation Army, Wasaga Beach Kinettes, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, and several local food banks including those in Elmvale, Tottenham, Orillia and Wasaga Beach.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS​</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant <br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch​<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
Simcoe Manor Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-Manor-Update.aspx11/30/2020 8:05:19 PMSimcoe Manor Update<h2>December 12</h2><p>We are pleased to share that the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has declared this recent outbreak on the Essa unit at Simcoe Manor officially over. This is excellent news for everyone and a relief as we enter the holiday season. </p><p> Our ability to control this outbreak so effectively is due to the dedication and determination of our staff. Our employees have adapted well to enhanced infection control protocols and we’re so grateful for their continued efforts to protect our home. This isolated positive case came quickly after our larger outbreak was declared over, and we’re pleased that the impacts of this outbreak on our staff, residents and families was limited and controlled. <br><br> Thank you to our residents and family members/friends. We know this has been a difficult few months. By working together, we have improved our response, and we are very grateful to you for your continued support. <br><br> Although we’re able to breathe a sigh of relief, we must remain vigilant. COVID-19 is spreading quickly across our region, and Simcoe County’s move to a RED zone effective this Monday (while surrounding regions enter further restrictive designations) is a further reminder that we can’t let our guard down. There are more than 125 long term care homes, 70 retirement homes and 35 hospitals in outbreak in Ontario. It’s inevitable that as community spread increases, that we may see further positive cases in our homes. We must all work together and follow Public Health guidelines to protect our vulnerable seniors and healthcare workers. <br><br> To help us in this fight against COVID, please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and physically distance. </p><p><span style="font-size:29.92px;">December 9</span></p><p>We continue to receive test results back from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit from our all staff testing last Wednesday December 2<sup>nd</sup>. So far, we have received the vast majority of results, with just a couple outstanding. All our results so far have been negative for COVID-19. We will keep you updated as we receive the remaining results.</p><p>While we remain in outbreak on the Essa unit, this current outbreak remains at just the one confirmed positive agency staff case. </p><p>Our infection control efforts are working, and we are hopeful that we will have more good news to share by the end of this week.  ​​<br></p><p><span style="font-size:29.92px;">December 7</span></p><p>We continue to receive test results back from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit from our all staff testing last Wednesday. So far, we have received the majority of results, which were all negative for the COVID-19 virus. We will provide updates as the remaining results are received.<br></p><p>These negative tests are proof that our infection control efforts are having the right effect and are protecting residents and the home. We are optimistic that having reacted early, we will have more good news to share later this week regarding the current outbreak on Essa unit.​<br></p><p><span style="font-size:29.92px;">December 4</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">We're pleased to report that we have received test results back from all residents and staff on the Essa Unit, all confirmed negative. We will keep you updated as we receive results from our most recent all staff testing that occurred on Wednesday.</span><br></p><p>Essa Care Unit remains in outbreak, but we are encouraged by the negative tests received and that our infection control efforts are working to protect residents and the home. This is great news for our recovery, and we are hopeful that we will have more good news to share later next week.  <br></p><p><span style="font-size:29.92px;">​December 3</span><br></p><p>Following, please find a status update on the outbreak on the Essa Care Unit at Simcoe Manor.  All outbreak precautions remain in place, due to one positive staff case. Public Health officials presume the staff member contracted the virus in the community after testing negative for COVID-19 the week prior through our mandatory testing in the home. </p><p>All residents who did not previously test positive for COVID on Essa have now been tested and we will keep you informed as we receive the results. Staff also continue to be tested weekly. </p><p>The employee who tested positive was cohorted to the Essa Unit, passed daily screening and was adhering to infection control and PPE protocols within the home. Given the timeline on testing, with just one week between swabs, we're very optimistic that this positive case was caught early and the immediate actions taken over the weekend to implement droplet contact precautions and infection control measures will lead to an isolated case.<br></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-5">November 30​​​</span></p><p> </p><p>Over the weekend, the Health Unit placed our Essa Care Unit in outbreak status due to one positive agency staff case. The staff member was asymptomatic and is believed to have contracted the virus in the community. </p><p>This employee tested negative for COVID-19 the week prior through our mandatory testing. This positive test result was identified through the weekly routine testing for all staff that occurred on November 25. Between the tests, the employee was cohorted to the Essa Unit, passed daily screening and was adhering to infection control and PPE protocols within the home. The staff member was retested Nov 28 with results pending.</p><p>This is disappointing news after declaring the outbreak over last week; however, we are pleased that this case was detected early, and due to our cohorting procedures, the Health Unit has placed the Essa Care Unit in outbreak. Below we have listed our immediate actions taken over the weekend. </p><p>While staff have implemented droplet contact precautions on Essa unit and enhanced monitoring, all other care units remain out of quarantine at this time. ​<br></p><p><br> </p>
CANCELLATION: County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Events Due to Provincial RED – CONTROLhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/cancellation-county-of-simcoe-paramedic-services-toy-drive-events-due-to-provincial-red-control.aspx12/11/2020 11:16:55 PMCANCELLATION: County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Events Due to Provincial RED – CONTROL<p><strong>Midhurst/December 11, 2020</strong> – Today, the Province of Ontario announced it is moving our region into the <strong>RED-CONTROL</strong> designation (<strong>RED-CONTROL</strong> designation will take effect on Monday, December 14<sup>th</sup>). Despite 2020 Toy Drive progress and optimism to finish this year strong, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12</strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><sup>TH</sup></strong></span>, will be cancelling all further Toy Drive events for 2020 in order to not impact gatherings and pose additional risks due to Covid. </p><p>The Toy Drive will continue until its regular wrap-up date, but we ask residents to please donate through two methods: </p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li><strong>DROP-OFFs:</strong> At the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic Services stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys)</li><li><strong>ONLINE:</strong>  Donate virtually by visiting <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/&data=04%7c01%7cChris.Hedley%40simcoe.ca%7cbe4195e2b7e649d10db508d89e2a37db%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637433251550147924%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=XYCXh4wfcLMDoPxa18RwAL%2BXYoQaq1hTBS8lUrvKNSk%3D&reserved=0">https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/</a></li></ol><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway </li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus</strong> - 110 Fairview Drive</li><li><strong>Barrie North – </strong>667 Bayfield Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin – </strong>113 Tiffin Street</li><li><strong>Beeton – </strong>51 Main Street East</li><li><strong>Bradford – </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7</li><li><strong>Coldwater – </strong>1 Firehall Lane</li><li><strong>Craighurst – </strong>2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale – </strong>17 Allenwood Road</li><li><strong>Midland – </strong>395 Cranston Crescent</li><li><strong>Orillia – </strong>68 West Street</li><li><strong>Stayner – </strong>6993 Highway 26</li><li><strong>Stroud – </strong>2394 Victoria Street West</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach – </strong>23 Oxbow Park Road</li><li><strong>Washago – </strong>401 Anchor Drive</li></ul><p>​These previously announced events are <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>CANCELLED</strong></span>:  </p><p><strong>December 12, 2020</strong><br><strong> </strong>New Tecumseth Recreation Centre <br>Toys “R" Us Barrie – Bayfield Street location <br>Walmart Barrie – Bayfield Street location <br>Walmart Barrie – Mapleview Road location <br>Toys “R" Us Barrie – Park Place location <br>Craighurst Foodland <br>Creemore Foodland <br>Orillia Farmers' Market </p><p><strong>December 13, 2020</strong><br><strong> </strong>Toys “R" Us Barrie – Bayfield Street location <br>Walmart Barrie – Bayfield Street location <br>Walmart Barrie – Mapleview Road location <br>Toys “R" Us Barrie – Park Place location</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer Straw<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><strong style="font-size:1em;"><br></strong></p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><div>​<a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></div>
Simcoe County to receive $41 million in broadband upgradeshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/simcoe-county-to-receive-$41-million-in-broadband-upgrades.aspx12/11/2020 3:31:40 PMSimcoe County to receive $41 million in broadband upgrades<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/December 11, 2020 – </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Today Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) announced it has awarded $41.1 million in funding to support six fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) projects across Simcoe County. This investment is set to expand broadband services for almost 13,000 households and businesses in Simcoe County that have limited to no connectivity.</span></p><p>“As a region with a diverse range of rural and urban communities, access to reliable, high-speed connectivity is essential, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic as many of our businesses and residents are adapting to a new virtual environment," said Warden George Cornell. “We are grateful to the Federal and Provincial governments, as well as our future private-sector partners, for their generous investment in expanding broadband connectivity in our region." </p><p>“County Council has been a strong supporter of SWIFT from the outset, and today these collaborative efforts paid off for the residents and businesses of Simcoe County. It's important to recognize past and present Councillors, municipal staff and partners who have worked for many years to make SWIFT a reality." </p><p>The project was funded by a joint federal and provincial infrastructure funding program. Municipal partners and private sector investors have also supported improved access to broadband services across the region, including the County of Simcoe, which has provided approximately $2.5 million in funding to SWIFT since 2015.</p><p><strong>Highlights from SWIFT Announcement:</strong></p><ul><li>More than 12,700 households and businesses, approximately 31,750 residents, across Simcoe County to see improvements in broadband internet services.</li><li>Simcoe County will receive $41.1 million in broadband upgrades. </li><li>As a result of SWIFT's competitive tendering process, the total County project value increased by 47 per cent, delivering an additional $13 million in infrastructure investments. </li><li>The newly announced projects will collectively service approximately 500 kilometres of roadway across 60 communities within Simcoe County.</li></ul><ul><li>Bell Canada has been awarded funding to support three fibre-to-the-home projects. The newly awarded projects will collectively service 389 kilometres of underserved roadway to bring high-speed internet to 10,604 homes and businesses throughout the Townships of Clearview, Adjala-Tosorontio, Essa, Springwater, Oro-Medonte, Tiny, Tay, Severn, Ramara and within the Towns of Midland, Penetanguishene and Innisfil. The projects represent a collective total investment of approximately $32 million and will be completed with service available by mid-2022.<br> <br></li><li>SWIFT has signed an agreement with Vianet to deploy fibre cabling along more than 73 kilometres of underserved roadway throughout the Towns of New Tecumseth and Bradford West Gwillimbury and within the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio to deliver high-speed internet to 1,207 businesses and homes. Construction of the $5.8-million fibre-to-the-home solution is expected to be completed with service available early-2022.<br> <br></li><li>Cogeco Communications will receive funding to deploy fibre-optic cabling along 19 kilometres of underserviced roads within the Township of Severn. The $1.5-million fibre-to-the-home network will deliver high-speed connectivity to 467 households and businesses by late-2022.<br> <br></li><li>Rogers Communications was awarded a contract to deploy fibre-optic cabling along 15 kilometres of underserviced roads in the Township of Clearview. The $1.8-million fibre-to-the-home solution will deliver high-speed connectivity to 422 households and businesses by early-2022.</li></ul><p><strong>About SWIFT</strong></p><p>Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) is a non-profit regional broadband project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus to subsidize the construction of high-speed broadband networks across Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region. <a href="https://swiftruralbroadband.ca/">https://swiftruralbroadband.ca/</a> </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p>Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a><div><br></div><div><span style="text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch</span><br style="text-align:right;"><span style="text-align:right;"></span><span style="text-align:right;">Public Relations Manager</span><br style="text-align:right;"><span style="text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br style="text-align:right;"><span style="text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)​​</span><br style="text-align:right;"><span style="text-align:right;"></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#000000;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> <br></div>