COVID numbers continue to wane in Durham, though hospitals remain busy with the virus

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Published August 25, 2022 at 12:08 pm

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Most underlying factors related to the COVID-19 virus continue to decline in Durham Region but the important numbers – hospitalizations and deaths – remain unchanged.

Thirty-seven people are in local hospitals – one more than two weeks ago and the same as the week prior – and four are in ICU. One more death was recorded in the region, bringing the total since the pandemic was declared to 503.

Other numbers were favourable, with 379 new cases (from 421 two weeks ago); a per cent positivity rate of 9.5 per cent (down from 11.2 per cent) and the weekly incidence rate at 49.9 per 100,000 (from 51.7 two weeks ago and 57.4 three weeks ago).

There are 12 outbreaks at Durham institutions such as long term care homes and retirement centres (from 14), with two of those at local hospitals.

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