Redesigned COVID-19 web page offers more data

As York Region’s medical officer of health reports workplace exposure to COVID-19 is on the rise here, the Region has redesigned its dedicated web page for COVID-19 information to provide in-depth data through a centralized dashboard.

The change allows users to toggle between data most relevant to them. Data can be filtered by municipality, data and case type, plus gender, age and status. Information found within the dashboard includes confirmed, resolved and active cases; number of fatalities; and hospitalization and cases in health-care workers.

Visitors to the york.ca/covid19 web page will also find information on institutional outbreaks in York Region, including active and resolved outbreaks; lab results reported and tests completed by each assessment centre; trends in acquisition source; and recovery measures.

As of May 24, there have been 2,260 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 178 confirmed deaths in York. Of those, 291 cases and two deaths have been reported among health-care workers. “Our new cases have been declining,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karim Kurji says in a video posted to the site on Friday, May 22.

The incidence of new cases is 9.8 per 1,000, which is among the lower rate of incidences in the Greater Toronto Area, he reports. As workplace exposure rises, Kurji urges employers to visit the Region’s dedicated web page and the Public Services Health and Safety Association at www.pshsa.ca for resources. Find sector-specific guidelines and personal protective equipment suppliers at www.ontario.ca/ppe.

Since its launch in late January, York’s dedicated web page has recorded nearly 1.5 million visits. The interactive dashboard is updated daily at 5 p.m. Information included within the dashboard is populated from the integrated Public Health Information System, the Ministry of Health’s provincial disease reporting system used by all public health units across the province.

Residents are reminded to continuing washing their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, practise physical distancing and to wear a two-layer non-medical face mask or face covering when outside the home and physical distancing cannot be achieved. With more businesses re-opening, the Region suggests keeping a journal of places you’ve been and individuals with whom you’ve had close contact.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should seek assessment at one of three COVID-19 Assessment Centres in York: Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre.

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