Where is coronavirus in Durham? Data reveals most cases found in Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby

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DURHAM – The majority of the COVID-19 cases confirmed so far in Durham Region have been identified in Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby, according to a breakdown of data released Thursday afternoon by local health authorities.

The data released April 2 indicates that a total of 173 cases of the virus, which is linked to the novel coronavirus, have been detected locally. Nine people have died, four of them residents of long-term care and retirement residences, according to the Durham Region Health Department.

The region noted that 31 patients are currently hospitalized; 15 patients diagnosed with the illness have recovered.

The number of cases reported Thursday marks an increase of 23 from the region’s last update.

More than two-thirds of the region’s cases – 118, or 68 per cent—are isolating as they recover from the virus, according to the data. That number does not include undiagnosed people undergoing recommended isolation, such as travellers who have recently returned from abroad.