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Newmarket, Aurora see more COVID-19 cases as York Region total hits 137

Seven patients remain in intensive care at Southlake Regional Health Centre
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New confirmed COVID-19 cases in Newmarket, Aurora and King are among the additional 25 cases in York Region — now totalling 137 — as the rapid increase following the return of March break travellers continues today, March 26.

York Region public health confirmed 14 new cases this morning, and has added 11 more tonight.

The number of health care workers with COVID-19 in York Region remains at 12.

The two new confirmed cases in Newmarket — which now total 10 — are travel-related, two men in their 60s, one of whom is in self-isolation. 

In Aurora, three additional cases include a man in his 60s, and two women, in their 20s and 60s, who are in self-isolation.

Two additional cases in King include a man in his 20s (travel) who is in self-isolation and a woman in her 50s. 

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

Seven patients remain in intensive care at Southlake Regional Health Centre as of 5 p.m. today, March 26, five of whom are confirmed positive for COVID-19, and two who are awaiting test results.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed today that a Bradford woman in her 50s with a community-acquired COVID-19 case is one of the new patients in Southlake. 

The Newmarket hospital's COVID-19 assessment centre and emergency department have seen 20 people who tested positive for the virus, all in self-isolation. Forty-one individuals are under investigation for coronavirus at the hospital.

The additional confirmed cases in York Region for today, March 26 include:

  • In Stouffville, a woman in her 30s (travel);
  • In Markham, a woman in her 30s (travel, self-isolation); a woman in her 50s; a woman in her 20s; a man in his 40s (travel, self-isolation); a man in his 80s; two men in their 50s (one case is travel); 
  • In Richmond Hill, a man in his 40s (self-isolation); 
  • In Vaughan, a man under 20 (self-isolation); a man in his 20s (self-isolation); two men in their 40s (travel, one in self-isolation); a woman in her 60s; a man and a woman in their 80s; a woman in her 20s (self-isolation).

Of the 137 cases in York Region, 49 are in Vaughan; 41 in Markham, 15 in Richmond Hill, 10 in Newmarket; eight in Whitchurch-Stouffville; five in Aurora; four in East Gwillimbury, and three in King Township. One case is outside the region. Location is pending in one case. One case is resolved.

Tonight, the province is reporting two additional COVID-19-related deaths, now totalling 15, with no further details.

However, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed the death of an Orillia woman in her 70s at Orillia Soldier's Memorial Hospital, after being admitted with community-acquired COVID-19. 

A wave of cases were reported by the province again this morning: 170 new confirmed cases, for a total of 688 as of March 26.

If you have been tested at Southlake’s Davis Drive assessment centre, results are available on the online patient connect portal. Register online at 877-733-5033. Hospital staff are not authorized to release test results over the phone or by text. Please do not call the hospital to ask for your test results.