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Coronavirus

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Updated as of June 29th​

***Public health information is located at the​ bottom of this page.  

Service Updates​​

​The County is taking many precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents. We are also aligning with proactive steps taken by other large organizations as well as recommendations from other levels of government and health authorities to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing. 

County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell has declared an emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic developments in our region.​ Click here to review release.​​

Simcoe Manor COVID-19 Case:

Updated June 24 (4 pm): Simcoe Manor, one of the County's four long term care and seniors services facilities, has one confirmed positive COVID-19 case. Click here for status updates. ​

Service 

and Facility

​​Impact​

LINX Transit
HOLIDAY IMPACT There will be no LINX transit service on Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1. ​

As of Thursday, July 2LINX Transit will be reinstating transit fares for all riders.  

LINX will also be following the newly introduced Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Public Transit Safety Guidelines to ensure passengers and employees are kept safe as more people go back to work during COVID-19.

In keeping with these MTO guidelines, the County is requesting that ALL customers follow protocols, including:
  • Passengers and drivers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings. While masks or face coverings will be highly recommended, we understand there are circumstance for children and people with disabilities, or other medical conditions, that prevent them from wearing a mask.
  • Maintaining physical distance between people whenever possible;
  • Removing all personal belongings and waste upon departure; and
  • Sneezing into their elbow, using hand sanitizer and washing hands properly

**The current modified operating and route schedule will remain until further notice. To find out when your next bus is arriving, go to www.linx.simcoe.ca/ or use Transit app, available at https://transitapp.com/ or download on your device free of charge.

​​​​​Select landfills and transfer stations now open with modified hours.

​Waste Site Schedule NOW in effect

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Days of operations vary per location. Please check schedule (Additional details are available here.​​​)

*Materials from residents of Barrie and Orillia will not be accepted.
SiteMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Collingwood XXXXX
West Gwillimbury XXXXX
North SimcoeXXXXX 
NottawasagaXXXXX 
OroXXXXX 
Mara X   X
Tosorontio  XXX 
Matchedash
Remains closed to the public   ​
​ ​​ ​(Reopening date will be announced in the near future)

X = Open (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.​)

As the County continues to support residents and communities during the pandemic, it has now reopened the majority of its landfills and transfer sites for public and business use. When using these facilities, we strongly encourage residents to apply the same public health precautions/measures they would when using other open and available services during the pandemic. We further recommend that customers practice the following precautions upon entering the sites:

  1. Limit the number of trips to the sites (just like the grocery store) – where reasonable avoid trips that would not meet the residential minimum $10 fee (up to 70kg) and assess whether items can be stored at your household for a future trip.

  2. Wearing non-medical masks or face coverings may be an added way to protect others around you, particularly where physical distancing may be challenging.

  3. When at a waste site, stay at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other people whenever possible.

  4. Avoid using the site during peak times (first opening day of the week) to avoid large line-ups. Typically, wait times are shorter mid-week and during unfavorable weather conditions.   

For more information, click her​e​.​

Recycling Collection Notice​Recycling quantities have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and collection crews are reporting a larger amount of cardboard set out improperly (either significantly overflowing bins or exceeding size limits). To avoid items being left at the curb, residents are reminded to properly breakdown cardboard and recyclable packaging. Place extra recycling in clear bags, a cardboard box or other containers (maximum size 55 cm x 45 cm x 40 cm – size of a large blue bin). Cardboard can also be flattened and tied into bundles (maximum size 75 cm x 75 cm x 20 cm) and placed beside the blue box. Following these guidelines will help alleviate delays in our collection. ​
​​​​Clothing Collection  

Clothing Collection Rescheduled for August 31 and September 11

The County's curbside clothing collection program originally scheduled for June was postponed. The processors for both clothing and electronics have now indicated that they are open.  As such the clothing collection program is now rescheduled to occur between August 31 and September 11 and electronics collection will occur September 14 to 25 (pending any additional impacts from COVID-19). Details and instructions on packaging and setting out clothing bags will be provided prior to the collection. 

Visit www.simcoe.ca/dpt/swm for more information on these waste management services and programs.

Bulky Collections
​Bulky collection services will remain cancelled for 2020 due to ongoing health and safety requirements related to COVID-19.

Visit www.simcoe.ca/dpt/swm for more information on these waste management services and programs.
Curbside Leaf and
Yard Waste Collection​

​​Regular bi-weekly spring leaf and yard waste collection wil​l start on April 20 with a set schedule running until June.​ Click here to determine your collection week. 
Ontario Works
​Effective March 30, Ontario Works hours of operations for services to the public are Monday to Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Available services include cheque pick up and assistance with urgent inquiries.

For clients not registered for Direct Bank Deposit, cheque pick-up is available at Ontario Works offices in Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood, Alliston and Midland. Clients from Bradford West Gwillimbury must attend the Ontario Works office in Barrie for cheque pick-up. ​​Clients are strongly encouraged to register for Direct Bank Deposit.  To do so, please contact your Caseworker by telephone at 705-722-3132.

Visit​ https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/ow​ to learn more.

Waste Collections - Mandatory bagged organics and garbage
​Effective March 23:
  • All green bin organic ma​terials must be bagged, sealed and placed inside green bins. Compostable bags are preferred; however, plastic bags* are being accepted on a temporary basis to assist residents with this change
  • All garbage must be bagged and sealed properly
  • Residential units may place out 1 bag of diapers in clear, sealed bags on th​eir garbage day without additional bag tags
  • Exercise social distancing with collection operators

*Note the County's contracted organics processor is temporarily ​accepting plastic bags and will continue to separate and divert organic materials in support of the environment. All plastic bags (clear, grocery, garbage) will be accepted but must be sealed and placed inside green bins.​

​Simcoe County Forests

Effective May 13, designated motorized trails with permit are now open within Simcoe County Forests. Contact Central Ontario ATV club or Simcoe County Off-Road RidersAssociation​ for trail and permit information. Please continue to follow safe physical distancing and gathering guidelines. ​​

The ​​County owns and manages more than 150 different forest tracts spanning 33,000 acres. Many of these tracts have public recreation trails. At this time, County forests remain open to the public; however, we strongly remind residents to respect physical distancing while using the Simcoe County Forest and our parking areas. This includes no congregating and adhering to all COVID-19 Public Health and Provincial regulations regarding gathering of people.

*Reminder the safe physical distance is at least two metres apart from others as per the Provincial Order.

Children's Services

​Appointments will be done by phone only.
Social Services - Supporting Vulnerable Residents

The County continues to work closely with homelessness service providers around the region to identify available resources to assist with continued provision of supports to individuals experiencing homelessness. A number of emergency shelters are electing to begin this relocation while others are planning to retain their current shelter models at this time.

On Friday, March 20, the County authorized and provided funding support for the relocation of emergency shelter occupants to motel/hotel rooms across Simcoe County to better support social distancing and isolation measures. 

​​Social and Affordable Housing
​​Appointments​​ will be done by phone only​. For general inquiries email iah@simcoe.ca
Road Maintenance and Plowing
​Ongoing​
Lake Simcoe Regional Airport​​
​Ongoing​
County Administration Centre 
​Closed to the public - call centre remains open and skeleton staff continue to work
​Simcoe County Library ​Co-operative
​Closed to the public
Simcoe County Museum
Closed to the public
Experience History from Home - The County recognizes the challenges our residents face, including families living and working in isolation with small children. To help during these difficult circumstances, the Simcoe County Museum is hosting virtual events, including a Virtual Victorian Tea Party, a Home Scavenger Hunt and a ration cooking challenge where participants can re-create historic recipes using only ingredients they have on hand. For more information on these activities, check out the museum on Facebook @simcoecountymuseum or visit museum.simcoe.ca
Simcoe County Archives
Closed to the public 
Historical Research from Home​ - The Simcoe County Archives are closed to the public however, they have created a new resource for teachers, parents, and students learning about Simcoe County's history from home. Click link to view the compiled list of online resources​ to help you in your historical learning about our ​communities.​​
https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/arc
​Tourism Simcoe County
Information Kiosk
Closed to the public
Shop local and experience Simcoe County from homeTourism Simcoe County and the County's Economic Development Office, in conjunction with member municipalities and area partners, have launched a new online directory to highlight local businesses in Simcoe County that are continuing to safely provide services and goods such as food, and other daily essentials, local retailers and artisans across the region are offering call-in, online purchasing options, delivery, take-out and curbside pick-up. For a list of participting buinesses visit experience.simcoe.ca​, like @TourismSimcoeCounty on Facebook, follow @SimcoeCountyEDO on Twitter and @experiencesimcoecounty on Instagram
​All County events and gatherings
​All County sanctioned events/functions are cancelled during the emergency. 


​​​Helpful links

​​FAQs​

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How can I protect myself and others?

To reduce exposure to and transmission of the coronavirus, you can:
  • Frequently clean your hands by using soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash your hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider


What is a Coronavirus?

​Coronavirus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. What we are experiencing now is a new strain of the coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. All case are linked to a seafood and poultry market in Wuhan China. All cases that have been identified have a travel link to this market. The animal of origin has not been determined yet.​

How is it transmitted?

​Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people. Once a person is infected with the coronavirus, it can then be transmitted from person to person. The mode of transmission is respiratory droplets, such as through coughing or sneezing.​

What are the symptoms?

​Common signs include respiratory symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death. If you experience any of these symptoms and you have travelled to or from Wuhan, China recently, please contact your health care provider.​

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