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Newmarket man dies of COVID-19 acquired in Southlake outbreak

As of today, May 13, four patients and four health-care workers have been infected with the virus at the Newmarket hospital
Southlake Regional Health Centre. File photo/NewmarketToday

An 85-year-old Newmarket man has died of COVID-19 after being exposed to the virus at Southlake Regional Health Centre.


The man passed away Saturday, May 9 at the Newmarket hospital after symptoms began April 30, according to Patrick Casey, director of communications for the Regional Municipality of York.


The hospital outbreak was declared April 30 when two patients and one health-care worker tested positive.


As of today, May 13, four patients and four health-care workers are infected with COVID-19 acquired at the hospital.


Southlake remains the only hospital in York Region to be under outbreak protocol.


In Ontario, outbreaks have been declared at 73 hospitals, and 52 patients have died. More than 620 patients and health-care workers have been infected with COVID-19 at a hospital.


Institutional outbreaks continue to take their toll in York Region, with public health reporting today that two more residents of long-term care facilities have died, bringing outbreak-acquired COVID-19 fatalities to 107.


An 89-year-old Vaughan man who passed away Tuesday, May 12 at Etobicoke General Hospital was the 18th resident of Villa Colombo Vaughan Di Poce Centre to die. He had been asymptomatic, but tested positive May 7.


A 96-year-old Vaughan man passed away Tuesday, May 12 at Kristus Darzs Latvian Home after testing positive April 29.


Outbreaks are active at 33 facilities, with the addition of Union Villa Long-term Care Home in Markham, and have been declared over at 19 facilities, including Participation House Farintosh in Markham.


In total, 891 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 52 facilities.

In Newmarket, institutional outbreaks have caused 144 cases and 13 of its 16 COVID-19 related deaths. A Newmarket man, 57, was the first individual to die of a workplace outbreak acquired case.

Outbreaks remain active at five facilities in Newmarket, including at Mackenzie Place, which has one of the most severe outbreaks in long-term care homes in the region with 80 residents and 24 health-care workers testing positive, as well as 11 deaths.

Resolved cases in the region reached the 50 per cent mark today, with 968 of 1,939 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 77, with 18 cases critically ill in ICU. In Newmarket, seven residents are hospitalized, with none in ICU.

Of 1,939 cases (+36 today) in York Region:

  • 792 are confirmed in Vaughan (+ 14 today), 55 deaths, 473 resolved;
  • 422 in Markham (+ 4), 44 deaths, 207 resolved;
  • 212 in Richmond Hill (+ 9), 7 deaths, 133 resolved;
  • 184 in Newmarket, 16 deaths, 46 resolved; 
  • 92 in Aurora, 13 deaths, 39 resolved;
  • 86 in Georgina (+ 4), 4 deaths, 8 resolved;
  • 44 in East Gwillimbury; 1 death; 10 resolved;
  • 47 (+ 4) in Whitchurch-Stouffville, 27 resolved;
  • 23 in King, 2 deaths, 19 resolved.

As of 4 p.m. May 12, Southlake Regional Health Centre has five COVID-19 patients, three on ventilators, in ICU. Seventeen COVID-19 patients are in inpatient units. The number of inpatients under investigation for COVID-19 is 24. Total deaths were 13.

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