COVID-19 cases in York region reach 1,034

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to soar in York Region, with another 66 cases today totaling 1,034, with another death in Vaughan among 47 deaths.

Business in Newmarket also continues to grow steadily, with six other cases today bringing its total to 87, with 10 cases closed.

COVID-19 cases acquired following an institutional epidemic have become the leading cause of transmission in Newmarket, with 40 people – or 46% – infected in a long-term care home or community care setting.

The number of people aged 80 and older with confirmed COVID-19 cases has also increased significantly, accounting for 23% of Newmarket’s 87 cases – the same percentage for people aged 55 to 64.

The public health unit continues to report an increasing number of epidemics in the region – in 14 long-term care homes and 18 community care facilities in Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Keswick, Pefferlaw, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Markham and Vaughan.

The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in community care settings increased from 15 to 18, with the addition of Community Living York South, Revera Glynwood, a retirement community in Thornhill, and Sunrise of Thornhill, a assisted living community for the elderly.

Among the 14 long-term care facilities and retirement homes under COVID-19 protocols are Southlake Residential Care Village, Eagle Terrace Long-Term Care Home and Mackenzie Place Long-Term Care in Newmarket, and Chartwell Aurora Long- Term Care Residence.

Of the 1,034 cases in York Region:

  • 462 are confirmed in Vaughan (+27 today), 14 deaths;
  • 263 at Markham (+20 today), 25 deaths;
  • 107 at Richmond Hill (+5 today), 3 deaths;
  • 87 in Newmarket (+6 today), 2 deaths;
  • 47 in Aurora (+1 today), 1 death;
  • 18 to King, 2 deaths;
  • 17 in Whitchurch-Stouffville (+ 3 today);
  • 15 at East Gwillimbury (+1 today);
  • 14 to Georgina (+1 today).

The number of hospital patients in York Region remains at 45 today, with 21 critically ill cases in intensive care.

Cases resolved in the region now total 131, or 13% of the total of 1,034 cases.

Starting at 4:00 p.m. On April 18, the Southlake Regional Health Center reports six COVID-19 patients in intensive care and eight COVID-19 patients in hospital units. The total number of deaths remains at five.

There are 52 infected health workers: seven in Newmarket; one in Aurora, three in Whitchurch-Stouffville; five at Richmond Hill, 13 at Vaughan; and 23 in Markham.



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