Coronavirus Canada updates: Three infectious people attend ‘large party’ in Ont.’s Schomberg

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York Region Public Health is urging anyone who was at a “large party” in Schomberg, Ont., on July 12 to get tested for COVID-19.

Three confirmed cases, and one probable case, have been linked to the party at 17,015 8th Concession in the Township of King. They involve people who are non-York Region residents, but health officials did not specify where they’re from.

“The three confirmed cases were infectious while at the party and cases reported that they did not practice physical distancing and did not wear a face mask or covering,” said a press release by health officials.

Anyone who was at the party from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. may have been exposed to the respiratory virus. The alert was sent to assist with contact tracing efforts.

King Township Mayor Steve Pellegrini wrote in a Facebook post that he is “disappointed that individuals living in King chose to blatantly disregard the conditions that only permit a gathering of 10 people within your bubble and put our community at risk.”

People who were at the party should self-monitor for symptoms until July 27 (14 days after the last possible exposure), but officials are also asking that all attendees get tested.

Throughout the pandemic, York Region has had 3,250 cases of COVID-19. That includes 240 active cases, since 2,760 patients have recovered and 250 have died as of Sunday. King has had the fewest cases (49) of the nine municipalities in York Region.

York was one of the seven regions on Friday that was allowed to move into Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan. All regions are now in that stage, except for Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex.

On Sunday, Ontario health officials announced 137 new cases of COVID-19, along with four deaths and 119 recently recovered patients.

The latest cases were identified after health officials completed 26,144 tests for COVID-19. Among the recently identified patients, 39 are from Toronto, 26 are in Ottawa, 25 in Windsor-Essex and 12 in Peel. Fifty-seven of the cases involve people between 20-39 years old, the most of any age group. Fourteen of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported no new cases.

Throughout the pandemic, there have been 38,680 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. That includes 34,359 recovered patients and 2,763 victims. Of the 1,558 active cases that remain (up by 14), there are 87 people in hospital (down by 10), 29 in intensive care (down by one) and still 21 who require a ventilator.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there are 12 active outbreaks among facilities across the province. Sixteen residents remain infected and 41 staff members (down by one).

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