Whitby still driving COVID-19 numbers with 38 new cases

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Published March 18, 2022 at 4:45 pm

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health listen to questions from the media after making an announcement on preparations underway for the return to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Jan. 12. (Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press)

Whitby continues to drive the COVID-19 numbers in Durham Region as the virus count slowly creeps back up. After a Sunday with 29 new cases, the daily case count since then has been 63,75,75 and 90. The active case count is up slightly to 375.

Whitby reported 38 new cases Thursday, nearly three times as many as the next highest community: 15 in Oshawa. There are 22 people in hospital with the virus.

There still four active outbreaks at long-term and retirement care homes. The largest outbreak is at Hillsdale Estates in Oshawa with seven.

The Hillsdale outbreak, which began March 4, is the 11th outbreak at the long-term care home in the past two years. The biggest outbreak was from December 27, 2021 to February 4, 2022, with 100 people contracting the virus. The worst, however, was from August 26 to September 29, 2021 when 32 patients and staff in total were infected and eight residents died.

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