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Case numbers continue to increase as Durham prepares to enter red level

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

NORTH DURHAM/ KAWARTHA: Local health units continue to report active COVID-19 cases. As of press time, the Durham Region Health Department is reporting Uxbridge has the highest number of active cases in North Durham with four people listed in isolation. Uxbridge has had 126 confirmed cases to date, including 101 resolved cases and 21 deaths. Scugog currently has two cases listed in isolation and 27 resolved cases. Brock Township has one case in isolation, one case in a hospital, and 19 resolved cases. Meanwhile, the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health unit is reporting Kawartha Lakes currently has one unresolved case of COVID-19. Kawartha Lakes has had a total of 192 confirmed cases of the virus to date, including 32 deaths and 172 resolved cases. On Monday, November 23rd, Durham Region moved into the red control category of the province of Ontario’s health framework. “Gatherings are limited to five people indoors and 25 outdoors. Workplaces will have expanded restrictions, screening and planning requirements. There are new capacity restrictions in place across many different establishments, such as restaurants, gyms, and other venues like those for weddings and religious services. Non-essential travel from areas of high transmission to areas of low transmission should be avoided. These are just a few examples of the new changes that are now in place for Durham Region,” a statement from Regional Chair John Henry explained. The Regional Chair recommended people “keep [their] social interactions to those within your own household and avoid hosting guests” and following normal COVID-19 procedures, such as frequent hand washing and wearing masks or face coverings.

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