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2 new COVID-19 cases in Newmarket, as York Region total reaches 163

The number of resolved COVID-19 cases in York Region has jumped from one to eight, including the first two confirmed cases
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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Newmarket now totals at least 12, as York Region's total cases reach 163, as the anticipated surge in community acquired cases continues following March break travel.

A man in his 30s and a man in his 60s are the two new cases in Newmarket among the 26 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan reported late last night, March 27.

All the cases are reported as under investigation, indicating the likelihood of local transmission or community spread.

And the "cause for hope" referred to last week by York Region's medical officer of health, Dr. Karim Kurji, is evident in the rapid increase in the number of cases resolved — from one to eight, as of last night.

The resolved cases, which are in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan, include the first two confirmed cases: a woman in her 30s in Richmond Hill and man in his 50s in Vaughan, both travel related.

A COVID-19 case is considered resolved when a patient is no longer infectious based on two consecutive negative tests performed at Public Health Ontario Laboratory at least 24 hours apart.

The additional confirmed cases in York Region — all of which are under investigation — as of last night, March 27, include:

  • In Richmond Hill, a woman in her 20s; a woman in her 50s; a woman in her 20s; a man in his 30s;    
  • In Markham, a woman in her 50s; a woman in her 80s; a man in his 70s; 
  • In Vaughan, a woman in her 80s (hospitalized); a woman in her 60s; a woman in her 30s; two men in their 30s; two women their 40s; three men in their 40s; a man in his 70s; a man in his 50s; a man in his 60s; a man in his 80s; 
  • Location under investigation, a man in his 40s, a man in his 60s, a man in his 80s.

Of the 163 cases in York Region: 63 are in Vaughan (three resolved); 44 in Markham (one resolved); 19 in Richmond Hill (three resolved); 12 in Newmarket; eight in Whitchurch-Stouffville (one resolved); five in Aurora; four in East Gwillimbury; and three in King Township. One case is outside the region. Location is pending in four cases. Eight cases are resolved.

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