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Coronavirus

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Updated as of April 7 at 3:00 p.m.:

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

Emergency Child Care Application Program. Space is very limited in Simcoe County. Click here to learn more or apply.

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.​


Service and Facility

​​Impact​

Early Curbside Leaf and
Yard Waste Collection​

​​In an effort to meet the needs of residents conducting spring yard clean-ups and to help alleviate non-critical visits to landfills for yard waste drop offs, the County will be starting its Curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection early on Monday, April 6th with a reduced crew. The early start means we won't be able to put as many trucks on the road as normal, however service will be provided to as many households as possible between April 6 and 17, focusing on high volume urban areas. While you may contact the County at anytime, we encourage residents to leave leaf and yard waste items at the curb on weekdays, as high-volume neighbourhoods will be prioritized. As per the County's waste collection calendar and Simcoe County Collects app, regular bi-weekly spring leaf and yard waste collection will start on April 20 with a set schedule running until June.​
Select landfills and transfer stations now open for essential use with modified hours. ​
​Beginning March 30th select landfills will be reopened for essential use only. 

Open sites include:​

  • North Simcoe
  • ​West Gwillimbury
  • Nottawasaga
  • Oro 

These four geographically strategic sites will operate Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm only. Sites will be closed to the public on Saturdays. 

Closed sites for the foreseeable future include: 

  • Mara
  • Collingwood
  • Tosorontio
  • Matchedash

All County of Simcoe residents/businesses may use any of the open facilities for essential use only. Materials from residents of Barrie and Orillia will not accepted. For more information, click here.

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 diapers in clear, sealed bags on their 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
​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.

LINX Transit

​Effective April 13, the County is reducing service frequency on routes 1 and 3. Full details are available at http://ow.ly/bg4p50z80t0​. There is no service on Good Friday. The County continues to offer free ridership on all LINX routes until further notice. Additional sanitization measures are in place on all County buses. Regular updates are available online and through our social media channels.​​

Children's Services

​Appointments will be done by phone only
To apply to the Emergency Child Care Program, please click here (spaces are very limited in Simcoe County)
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​
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 Archives
​Closed to the public
​Tourism Simcoe County
Information Kiosk
​Closed to the public

​All County events and gatherings
​Including Council and Committee meetings
in March and early April​


​​​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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