MEDIA: Community COVID-19 Update - July 3, 2020

Posted On Friday July 03, 2020

Gravenhurst, ON – The Municipal Office and Town facilities, including the Town’s Marina at the Wharf, remain closed to public access. This is as per the advice of the Ministry of Health and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Business activities continue through phone and email, as staff work to provide the best possible service under the current circumstances.


On June 30, Muskoka EMS held a drive–through COVID-19 Testing Assessment Centre at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre. Over 200 tests were administered during the day. 


On July 2, Mayor Paul Kelly was joined by Natalie Bubela, CAO of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare to receive a donation of 50,000 masks from Han Tao, Consul General of People’s Republic of China, on behalf of the Bethune Charitable Foundation.  These masks have been given to Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  According to MAHC, surgical masks are among the most used personal protective equipment in the hospitals. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitals have been using more than 1,000 masks each day. As hospital services begin to ramp up to pre-COVID levels, mask usage will increase even more and is estimated to grow to 1,500 masks per day with a requirement that everyone wears a mask to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus.



Gull Lake Rotary Park Beach remains under a swim advisory from Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.  While some beaches are closed for maintenance in Muskoka other locations are open, including the splash pad.  A complete list of locations and their open or closed status can be found at With hot weather still in store, we remind those enjoy the water to observe all posted signage and guidelines, maintain appropriate physical distancing and practice good water safety. 


Lastly, we would like to congratulate all graduates who have persevered through these strange and challenging times. A number of alternate presentations, ceremonies and parades have taken place to commemorate our student’s achievements.  Remember, with classes officially finished for the school year, kids will be outside playing and enjoying their summer.  Please drive responsibly, watch your speed in residential neighbourhoods and, where possible, keep an eye out for kids on the roadways.


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Jason Harnett

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