COVID-19 news and numbers: Durham's total number of cases has now surpassed 19,000

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Another 225 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Durham Region Friday, April 23, pushing the total number of cases here since the beginning of the pandemic to 19,157.

Officials are tracking 2,373 active cases of the virus as of Friday and 86 people are hospitalized, 29 of them in intensive care.

• Ontario is reporting another 4,505 COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths, according to its latest report released Friday morning.

The seven-day average is at 4,132 cases daily, or 199 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 28.4 daily.

The province says 56,206 tests were completed the previous day, and an 8.8 per cent positivity rate.

There are 2,287 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 818 patients in intensive care. There are 593 people on ventilators.

Ontario has administered 133,872 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 4,400,674 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. The province says 355,208 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses.

tatement from Chairman John Henry and all eight Durham mayors.

“When you disregard the restrictions, you are putting lives at risk, so it is crucial that we all continue to adhere to public health guidelines to protect our friends, families, and neighbours,” said the statement issued on Wednesday, April 21.

Ontario is in a state of emergency and the stay-at-home order has been extended. With the most recent lockdown, scattered protests have been taking place in different Durham communities over the stay-at-home order.