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Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Newmarket

An additional 'close contact' case in East Gwillimbury is among the 22 confirmed coronavirus cases in York Region March 17

A man is his 60s in Newmarket is one of the three additional confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported by the Region of York public health this morning.

The two other cases are the first close contact cases — not travel related — in the region, and include an East Gwillimbury woman in her 20s, who is in self-isolation, and a man in his 80s in Vaughan who has been hospitalized.

The additional Newmarket case, the second for the community, is related to travel to Costa Rica and the man is in self-isolation after being assessed at Southlake Regional Health Centre, according to the provincial website.

The total number of COVID-19 cases as of today is 22, according to York Region spokesperson Patrick Casey.

A close contact is defined as a person who provided care for a patient, including health care workers, family members or other caregivers, or who lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact with a probable or confirmed case while the case was ill, according to Ben Mulholland, a spokesperson for York Region's Community and Health Services department.             

Close contact cases are different from community spread cases, which occur when people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected, Mulholland added.

The number of additional confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported this morning on the province's dedicated website is five, a significant reduction from the numbers being reported in recent days. However, it does not include two of the confirmed cases currently being reported by York Region public health, Casey said.

The total number of cases being reported in Ontario is 185, with today's additional cases being in Hamilton, Middlesex London, and York.

More than 11,167 individuals in Ontario have been tested for coronavirus, with 1,567 awaiting results currently, and 9,415 have tested negative. Five of the cases have been resolved.

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