COVID-19 virus still lingering in Durham Region

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Published May 17, 2023 at 3:09 pm

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 over as a global health emergency a dozen days ago but the virus just said WHO? and has continued to linger in Durham, with four of the six reported factors up slightly for the May 7-13 period, according to the Region’s Health Department.

The most important statistic – the number of deaths from the virus in Durham – is down to a very manageable zero and there are just seven people in local hospitals with the virus, including two in intensive care – down from nine last week.

On an upward trend is the number of new cases (61, from 50), the per cent positivity rate (8.8 per cent from 6.2 per cent), the weekly incidence rate (8.3 per 100,000 population from 6.8) and the number of outbreaks (two or more) in long-term care homes, hospitals and retirement homes (9, from 4).

Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region’s Medical Officer of Health, cautions residents that COVID-19 activity has “remained steady” in Durham and wastewater indicators show that the virus continues to circulate in the community.

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