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.