Innisfil’s Emergency Operations Centre has met three times since the last council meeting in December to deal with the changing aspects of the pandemic – but it continues to be a moving target, councillors were told on Wednesday night in a verbal update.
Staff and the EOC are still “sifting through” the implications of the latest Provincial lockdown announcement, Communications Lead Johnny Keogh explained. Details of the new restrictions are still lacking, and there are questions regarding enforcement, and the impact of new limits on outdoor gatherings on the town's outdoor facilities like ice rinks and toboggan hills.
The lockdown does ban commercial ice huts from operating, Keogh noted – not an issue at present, with the current open water conditions on Lake Simcoe.
Keogh told councillors that the town had two positive COVID cases in its workplace. Those cases self-isolated and have now been cleared to return to work.
As well, “Most businesses are complying with the COVID-19 restrictions,” he said.
Keogh summarized the latest COVID case numbers, explaining that administration of the COVID vaccine in long term care centres is expected to be completed by the end of this week, with retirement residences targeted next week, in Simcoe-Muskoka.
With 381 cases in Innisfil, 93 of them active and two people still in hospital, “we’re doing relatively well, compared to our neighbours,” said Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We’re holding our own – but it’s not good enough.”
Additional clarity is expected on Thursday. Residents were advised to check the town website for further updates.