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2 more deaths bring Newmarket's Mackenzie Place COVID-19 outbreak toll to 13

A second hospital outbreak has been declared in York Region; at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill, where five health-care workers have been infected with the virus

Two more Newmarket residents have died in the COVID-19 outbreak at Mackenzie Place Long-term Care Home, bringing the death toll to 13 at one of the most virulent outbreaks in York Region.

A 91-year-old man passed away Wednesday, May 13, at Mackenzie Place, after being confirmed positive April 18.

A 90-year-old woman also passed away yesterday, May 13, at Southlake Regional Health Centre, after testing positive May 12.

Mackenzie Place has the highest number of COVID-19 cases among the region's outbreaks, with 80 residents and 24 health-care workers testing positive.

River Glen Haven in Georgina has the second highest number of infected residents at 60, with 22 health-care workers testing positive. Four residents have died there as a result of outbreak-acquired COVID-19.

As well, an 89-year-old Vaughan woman passed away Tuesday, May 5 at Markham Stouffville Hospital, after testing positive April 12. She was the 10th resident of Villa Leonardo Gambin LTC in to die in the outbreak where 43 residents and 30 health-care workers are infected. 

Of the region's 145 COVID-19 related fatalities, 110 have occurred due to outbreak-acquired cases at one of 53 facilities, including long-term care, nursing and group homes.

Outbreaks are active at 33 facilities, and 20 outbreak have now been declared over, including at New Leaf Maples group home in East Gwillimbury.

An outbreak has been declared at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill, the second hospital in York Region to have COVID-19 cases confirmed.

Five health-care workers on the fourth floor in a surgical unit of the D wing have tested positive.

At Newmarket's Southlake Regional Health Centre, which declared an outbreak April 30, four patients and four health-care workers are infected with COVID-19 acquired at the hospital.

In Ontario, outbreaks have been now been declared at 76 hospitals, and 52 patients have died. More than 640 patients and health-care workers have been infected with COVID-19 at a hospital.

In York Region today, 924 residents, patients and health-care workers (not all of whom live in York Region) have been infected by the virus as a result of an outbreak at one of 53 facilities.

In Newmarket, institutional outbreaks have caused 145 cases of its 183 cases and 15 of its 18 COVID-19 related deaths. A Newmarket man, 57, was the first individual to die of a workplace outbreak acquired case, and an 85-year-old Newmarket man was the first resident to die of a hospital-acquired case.

Resolved cases in the region have reached the 50 per cent mark, with 978 of 1,950 cases recovered. In Newmarket, 26 per cent of cases are resolved.

There are 250 York Region health-care worker cases, with more than half resolved.

The number of hospitalized patients in York Region is 80, with 1 case critically ill in ICU. In Newmarket, eight residents are hospitalized, with none in ICU.

Of 1,950 cases (+36 today) in York Region:

  • 798 are confirmed in Vaughan (+ 8 today), 56 deaths, 480 resolved;
  • 423 in Markham (+ 2), 44 deaths, 208 resolved;
  • 217 in Richmond Hill (+ 5), 7 deaths, 136 resolved;
  • 183 in Newmarket, 18 deaths, 48 resolved; 
  • 100 in Georgina (+ 16), 4 deaths, 9 resolved;
  • 94 (+ 2) in Aurora, 13 deaths, 39 resolved;
  • 47 in Whitchurch-Stouffville, 27 resolved;
  • 44 in East Gwillimbury; 1 death; 10 resolved;
  • 23 in King, 2 deaths, 19 resolved.

As of 4 p.m. May 13, Southlake Regional Health Centre has four COVID-19 patients in ICU, none on ventilators. Eighteen COVID-19 patients are in inpatient units. The number of inpatients under investigation for COVID-19 is 28. Total deaths have increased by one to 14.

Editor's Note: This article was edited to correct the D4 unit location of the outbreak at Mackenzie Health.

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