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Four more seniors die of COVID-19 in York Region, as cases climb to 558

A sharp shift in the demographics indicates a growing number of younger people, ages 20 to 34, with confirmed cases
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Four more seniors in York Region have died as a result of COVID-19, as York Region's confirmed cases climbed to 558 today, April 8.

A Markham man in his 80s, who died April 6, is the seventh fatality at Markhaven Home for Seniors, where a COVID-19 outbreak was declared March 22.

A Markham man, who died March 31, and a Vaughan woman, who died April 2, both in their 90s, were residents of Mackenzie Health Long-term Care.

Also, a Vaughan woman in her 70s died April 7 of a COVID-19 case that was not acquired either through travel or local transmission.

Twenty-three people have died in York Region as a result of COVID-19, with the majority of fatalities, 15, occurring in Markham.

York Region public health reported 35 new confirmed cases today, the majority in Vaughan again, while the number of resolved cases jumped from 55 to 70 since yesterday.

Today's report indicates a sharp shift in the demographics, with a jump in confirmed cases among ages 20 to 34, from 16 to 25 per cent. Cases among 45 to 54-year-olds have also increased to 25 per cent.

The number of cases in ages five to 19 has increased slightly to four per cent from three per cent.

For weeks, the majority of cases were among ages 55 to 64, which has now dropped to 16 per cent. Ages 65 to 79 account for 10 per cent of cases, dropping from 16 per cent of the total cases yesterday.

Newmarket had no additional confirmed cases today, remaining at 33 — of which six cases are frontline health-care workers. Six cases are resolved.

Outbreaks continue at certain locations in the region, including four long-term care centres in Markham, a group home, and two gyms in Vaughan. 

Of the 558 cases in York Region:

  • 272 are confirmed in Vaughan (+ 24 today), 6 deaths;
  • 122 in Markham (+ 6 today), 15 deaths;
  • 80 in Richmond Hill (+ 4 today);
  • 33 in Newmarket; 
  • 20 in Aurora (+ 1 today), 1 death;
  • 11 in Whitchurch-Stouffville;
  • 11 in King, 1 death;
  • 6 in East Gwillimbury;
  • 1 in Georgina.

The number of hospitalized patients in York Region increased from 35 to 37 today, with 19 cases remaining critically ill in ICU. Two Newmarket patients remain in ICU. Fifty-eight per cent of the region's cases are in self-isolation.

The total number of infected health-care workers, which may include physicians, nurses and paramedics, increased to 41: six in Newmarket; one in Aurora, three in Whitchurch-Stouffville; four in Richmond Hill, nine in Vaughan; and 18 in Markham.

Southlake has yet to update its daily report, however, yesterday, nine COVID-19 patients were in ICU, and five COVID-19 patients were in an inpatient unit.