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By: Mike Anderson

Eight health care workers – either physicians, nurses or paramedics – have tested positive for COVID-19, according to York Region Public Health. 

York Region will not release details on the cases due to privacy concerns. So its not clear how the health care workers became infected or if they have been hospitalized.  

The York Region website reports 97 cases of COVID-19 as of 10:45 a.m. March 25, with more than half (57 per cent) currently under investigation, indicating that community transmission is occurring. 

Provincially, there are now 688 cases of COVID-19, with 40 cases in hospital — 17 are in intensive care units (ICU), with 15 on ventilators, according to Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Southlake Regional Health Centre reports there are currently seven cases being treated in its ICU, five are positive and two are suspected positive with tests pending.  

Currently, there are no positive patients being cared for in Southlake’s inpatient units, however, there are 41 inpatients being investigated for COVID-19.

The hospital also reports that 15 patients that screened positive – though its Assessment Centre or Emergency Department – were discharged home to quarantine. 

In terms of local area cases, York Region Public Health reports Newmarket has two new cases bringing the total to 7; East Gwillimbury has 3 cases; Georgina still has not registered a case. 

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