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Newmarket man, 61, dies of community-acquired COVID-19

York Region continues to grapple with institutional outbreaks, accounting for 32 per cent of its 1,457 cases
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A 61-year-old Newmarket man who acquired COVID-19 in the community is among three more deaths in York Region, as total cases reach 1,457 today, April 28.

The man passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre yesterday, nearly one month after testing positive. He first had symptoms March 15.

A 65-year-old Aurora man who also acquired COVID-19 in the community died Sunday, April 26 at Southlake.

There are 283 cases acquired by local transmission, which is nearly a third, of the region's cases. 

In Newmarket, 16 cases, or 12 per cent, are local transmission.

Cases of local transmission, or community spread, are acquired without close contact with a travel-related case or any known case of COVID-19.

As York Region continues to see escalating numbers of deaths associated with long-term care and group homes, a sixth resident of Participation House has now died. The Markham resident passed away yesterday at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, after testing positive April 13, the day prior to the onset of symptoms.

York Region public health is no longer providing specific details of age and gender when a death occurs in smaller group home settings, like Participation House, to protect the privacy of the individual.

An 87-year-old man is the 16th resident to die at Markhaven Home for Seniors, where an outbreak was declared March 22. He passed away yesterday, after testing positive April 4 and 21.

As of today, 62 of region's 90 COVID-19 related deaths are residents of a long-term care and group homes, and one death is a health-care worker


Increasing by six cases to 464 cases, institutional outbreak is the major cause — at 32 per cent — of COVID-19 in York Region.

Institutional outbreaks remain at 39, while four more residents, totalling 359, at long-term care and group homes in York Region have COVID-19, and 11 more health-care workers (not all of whom live in York Region) totalling 283.

Newmarket's outbreak cases increased to 89, or 65 per cent of its cases — including 67 residents and 40 health-care workers (who do not all reside in York Region).  

Newmarket's total cases remain at 137, with close to one third of its cases resolved.

Resolved cases in the region increased by 40 today, bringing the total to 579, or 40 per cent.

Health-care workers with COVID-19 increased from 81 to 82 today: eight are in Newmarket; three in Aurora, one in East Gwillimbury, three in Whitchurch-Stouffville; seven in Richmond Hill, 25 in Vaughan; and 35 in Markham.

Of 1,457 cases in York Region:

  • 625 are confirmed in Vaughan (+ 17 today), 34 deaths, 291 resolved;
  • 354 in Markham (+ 3 today), 36 deaths, 105 resolved;
  • 152 in Richmond Hill (+ 3 today), 4 deaths, 85 resolved;
  • 137 in Newmarket, 8 deaths, 32 resolved; 
  • 71 in Aurora, 6 deaths, 24 resolved;
  • 33 in East Gwillimbury (+ 1 today), 6 resolved;
  • 31 in Georgina (+ 2 today), 4 resolved.
  • 31 in Whitchurch-Stouffville (+ 1 today), 10 resolved;
  • 21 in King, 2 deaths, 13 resolved.

The number of hospitalized patients in York Region is 42 today, with 15 cases critically ill in ICU. 

As of 4 p.m. April 26, Southlake Regional Health Centre reported six COVID-19 patients, with one under investigation, in ICU, and 11 COVID-19 patients in inpatient units. The number of inpatients under investigation for COVID-19 is 18. Total deaths have increased by one to six.

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