COVID cases take big drop in Pickering and most of Durham; hospitalizations also fall

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Published January 18, 2022 at 4:28 pm

It was a mixed bag of news on the COVID front in Durham, with new case counts down substantially and hospitalizations and ICU numbers down as well, while outbreaks at long-term care homes remained static and one new death – albeit a late reporting death from Saturday.

New case counts in Durham fell to 279, the lowest since the Omicron variant took hold of the region. It was also the first day in weeks where no municipality reported more than 100 new cases. Oshawa had 87 new cases – far ahead of Clarington’s 62 – while Brock Township reported just two.


Institutional outbreaks remained steady at 43, with 185 people affected. Major outbreaks are at Hillsdale Estates (37), Glen Hill Strathaven (25) Lakeridge Health Oshawa (five different outbreaks totalling 21 patients and staff), Bay Ridges (17) and Hillsdale Terraces (12).

The one new death from Saturday was reported in Pickering, though it is not known if the death was at a retirement home.

There are still two workplace outbreaks.

Hospitalizations in Durham Region fell from 187 Friday to 172 as of one p.m. today. The number of patients in ICUs also dropped, from 16 to 14, though the number of cases in hospital being investigated for the virus rose from 43 to 101.

The active case count for Durham stands at 8,456.

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