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York Region COVID-19 deaths jump to 13; Southlake reporting its 2nd fatality (Update)

The region has a total of 407 cases; Newmarket has 28 with four new cases today
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York Region is reporting six additional COVID-19 related deaths, totalling 13, and Southlake Regional Health Centre is reporting it second death in as many days today, April 3.

The Newmarket hospital reported its first COVID-19 related death April 2, and has not provided details regarding either fatality.

York Region public health has no information or confirmation of the second death at Southlake, regional spokesperson Patrick Casey said.

Among the six COVID-19 related deaths reported by York Region today are a 74-year-old man from King, who died April 1, and a 49-year-old man from Vaughan, who died April 3.

A 95-year-old woman is the fourth resident of Markhaven Home for Seniors in Markham to die, and an 89-year-old woman, a resident of Bethany Lodge in Markham, also died March 31.

The region is reporting a total of 407 confirmed COVID-19 cases tonight, a daily increase of more than 43. Four more cases are confirmed in Newmarket, now totalling 28.

The number of hospitalized patients has increased to 26, with 14 critically ill in ICU .

An additional health-care worker has tested positive, bringing the total to 27. 

As of today at 4:30 p.m., 10 COVID-19 patients — two of whom are awaiting test results — are in Southlake's ICU. The number of COVID-19 patients in an inpatient unit remains at three, while 15 inpatients are under investigation. The number of individuals who have tested positive at the assessment centre and are in self-isolation has increased from 47 to 52 since April 1.

The majority of the cases are now under investigation at 43 per cent, with 41 per cent in self-isolation, six per cent in hospital, and seven per cent resolved.

Of the 407 cases in York Region:

  • 191 are confirmed in Vaughan (+ 21 today);
  • 86 in Markham (+ 10 today);
  • 62 in Richmond Hill (+ 3 today);
  • 28 in Newmarket (+4 today)
  • 14 in Aurora (+ 2 today);
  • 10 in Whitchurch-Stouffville (+ 1 today);
  • 7 in King (+ 3 today);
  • 6 in East Gwillimbury (+ 1 today);
  • 1 in Georgina.

In York Region, the majority of cases are aged 55 to 64 (23 per cent), followed by 45 to 54-year-olds (18 per cent).

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