Seven new COVID deaths in Durham, three outbreaks at Lakeridge Health Oshawa; other factors improving dramatically


Published May 11, 2022 at 3:47 pm

For the second weekly update in a row the COVID-19 numbers are dropping as Ontarians wrestle to stay on top of the virus that is slowly leaving our daily consciousness.

But for the second reporting period in a row the death count keeps rising, with seven more fatalities attributed to the virus, pushing the number of deaths in Durham since the pandemic was declared more than two years ago to 478.

Hospital cases are down from 70 to 53 and there are now five patients in ICU from seven the previous week. The incidence rate per 100,000 has been declining for three weeks now, from 142.6 to 108.4 to 90.8 the week of May 1-7.

The total number of new cases continues to drop as well, from 1,046 to 795 to 666 last week, while the positivity rate has remained constant at 14.8 per cent.

Outbreaks at long term care homes and institutions dropped slightly from 19 to 18 while the number of outbreaks in local hospitals is still concerning at eight, including three at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

Absenteeism rates in Durham schools remain at seasonal levels, with six per cent in child care centres, 4.5 per cent in elementary schools and 3.3 per cent at high schools reporting absent last week.

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