COVID numbers from Oshawa to Scugog still high but some positive signs bring hope

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Published October 26, 2022 at 3:36 pm

COVID-19 numbers in Durham Region are still alarmingly high but there are some positive signs to take solace in.

The per cent positivity rate has dropped from 13 per cent to 11.9 per cent, which is just slightly higher than where we were two weeks ago, and more importantly, the number of institutional outbreaks has fallen from 30 to 22. Four of the outbreaks in long term care homes and the like are in hospitals, however, including three at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

Most of the other viral numbers are not so positive. Hospitalizations have risen from 46 to 52 (with three in ICU) and the incidence rate per 100,000 has jumped from 47.3 to 50.7. The total number of new COVID cases has also gone up from 349 the previous period to 372 for the week of October 16-22.

There was one new death last week (versus two the week before) bringing the total number of deaths in Durham since the pandemic was declared 31 months ago to 514.

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