The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in York Region climbed to 558 on April 8, up 35 from the previous day. The total number of deaths related to the virus here is 23, the number of people hospitalized with the virus is 18 and the number of people hospitalized and in the intensive care unit is 19.
That’s just some of the information you’ll find on York Region’s dedicated webpage at www.york.ca/covid19. The Region will publish an in-depth summary of COVID-19 data from York Region Public Health once daily at 5 p.m., seven days a week. The webpage will also provide the age and gender of those who’ve tested positive for the virus, how they obtained the virus, in which municipality they live and the status of cases.
The interactive dashboard replaces the cases status list previously published to the site twice daily. Visitors to the site can also view daily briefs from Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, who will share information on things like resolved cases and deaths related to COVID-19.
The Public Health Information System (iPHIS) – the Ministry of Health’s provincial disease reporting system used by all public health units across Ontario and the source the provincial government uses when providing daily updates – provides information on the site. In the event of a discrepancy between cases reported by the province and York Region Public Health, data reported through York Region’s dashboard should be considered the most up-to-date.
All residents, especially those age 70 and above and individuals with an underlying health condition, should continue to stay home, practise physical distancing and to only go out for essential needs, such as urgent medical visits, picking up medications and groceries. Anyone experiencing mild flu-like symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days. Close contacts and family members, including those with whom you had contact in the 48 hours prior to symptoms starting, should do the same. Learn how to protect yourself and others at www.york.ca/covid19.