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Newmarket resident among 8 more COVID-19 deaths at York Region long-term care homes

A fourth resident has passed away at Mackenzie Place in Newmarket
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A Newmarket resident is among eight more COVID-19 related deaths at long-term care homes in York Region, as 52 new cases today bump its total count to 1,200.

An 87-year-old woman passed away at Mackenzie Place Long-term Care Home on Monday, April 20, the day postive test results were confirmed, after the onset of symptoms April 11.

She is the fourth resident to die in the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility, where 49 residents and 17 health-care workers have tested positive. Three other residents have died at Mackenzie Place in the last week.

Five more Vaughan residents have died at Villa Leonardo Gambin Long-term Care in Woodbridge, bringing the total deaths there to eight. An 88-year-old woman passed away Sunday, April 19; a 95-year-old man died Wednesday, April 15; an 87-year-old man died Sunday, April 19; an 80-year-old man died Sunday, April 19; and a 96-year-old man, who was asymptomatic but tested positive April 18, passed away Saturday, April 18.

Two more Vaughan residents have died at Villa Colombo Vaughan Di Poce Centre in Kleinburg, where four residents in total have now died. A 91-year-old woman, who was asymptomatic and was confirmed positive after her death, died Monday, April 19. A 96-year-old man died the day after the onset of symptoms on Monday, April 20.

A total of 34 residents at long-term care and group homes in York Region have died of COVID-19, including 13 residents of Markhaven Home for Seniors in Markham and two residents of Participation House, also in Markham.

COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care centres and group homes have been fuelling a spike in Newmarket cases in recent days, however, only one additional case today brings the total to 117.

COVID-19 cases acquired as a result of an institutional outbreak remain the major cause of transmission in Newmarket. More than half the cases, 64,  have been acquired in a long-term care home or community care setting.

Individuals aged 80 and over are the largest age group in Newmarket with confirmed cases of COVID-19, accounting for 28 per cent of the 117 cases, followed by ages 65 to 79,  at 21 per cent.  

At least 281, or 23 per cent, of York Region's COVID-19 1,200 cases have been acquired in a long-term care, retirement or community group home.

Institutional outbreaks are being reported at 12 long-term care homes and 19 community care settings in Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Keswick, Pefferlaw, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Markham and Vaughan today. 

Three more cases among frontline health-care workers in York Region are being reported today.

Of the 72 infected health-care workers: eight are in Newmarket; two in Aurora, three in Whitchurch-Stouffville; six in Richmond Hill, 20 in Vaughan; and 31 in Markham.

Of the 1,200 cases in York Region:

  • 526 are confirmed in Vaughan (+ 22 today), 22 deaths, 121 resolved;
  • 294 in Markham (+ 17 today), 26 deaths, 46 resolved;
  • 122 in Richmond Hill (+ 6 today), 3 deaths, 32 resolved;
  • 117 in Newmarket (+ 1 today), 6 deaths, 17 resolved; 
  • 49 in Aurora, (+ 2 today), 1 death, 11 resolved;
  • 22 in East Gwillimbury, 3 resolved;
  • 20 in Whitchurch-Stouffville (+ 1 today), 3 resolved;
  • 19 in King, 2 deaths, 8 resolved;
  • 19 in Georgina (+ 1 today), 2 resolved.

Residents are being urged to get assessed if they have COVID-19 symptoms, as the three assessment centres, at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Mackenzie Health and Markham Stouffville Hospital, now have the capacity, York Region medical officer of health Dr. Karim Kurji said.

Resident who have tested positive and are isolating at home should call 911 before their conditions deteriorate — which can happen very rapidly, he added.

The number of hospitalized patients in York Region has dropped from 44 to 39 today, with 19 cases critically ill in ICU. 

Resolved cases in the region have jumped from 144 yesterday to 243 today — from 13 to 20 per cent of the total cases.

As of 4 p.m. April 19, Southlake Regional Health Centre reported seven COVID-19 patients in ICU, and COVID-19 patients in inpatient units has jumped from six to 16. The number of inpatients under investigation for COVID-19 is 26. Total deaths remain at five.