COVID-19 cases nearly triple in Durham – Oshawa and Whitby, the epicenter of the outbreak

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By Glenn Hendry

Published March 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM

One bad day won’t make for a sixth wave, but the fact that new COVID-19 cases nearly tripled on Tuesday from the day before is certainly a cause for concern.

The epicenter of the outbreak was in the epicenter of the Durham region: Oshawa and Whitby. Oshawa reported 60 new cases, compared to just nine the day before and Whitby clocked in 54 – up from 13 Monday. Clarington (22) and Pickering (21) also reported high numbers, while the northern communities of Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock reported only three.

The number of active cases also jumped from 454 to 555.

The good news is that no deaths have been reported and while the number of outbreaks in care homes, retirement homes and hospitals rose to five, only two residents of Durham Region tested positive.

Hospital patients with the virus numbered 20 with two in intensive care.

Absenteeism in schools and nurseries was also released today, with 6.5 percent of children in daycare absent for the week of March 20-26, with 3.1 percent and 2.8 percent for primary and secondary schools, respectively.

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