Despite now having a higher test positivity rate than Toronto did when the city locked down on November 20, York Region is still in the red zone.

According to data posted by the Mayor of Aurora, Tom Mrakas, York now has a 6.29% positivity rate for the region.

This is higher than Toronto's 6.0% positivity rate that the city had when it was shut down.

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New cases in York Region today

In an update posted on December 3, Mrakas wrote that the region had confirmed 203 new cases, bringing its total active case count to 1,249.

York Region avoided going into a full lockdown after the region's council sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford and the province and asked for more time to stay in the red zone with increased enforcement.

It seems, though, that they have been unable to slow down the spread of the virus.

In data posted by ICES, an independent health information organization based in Toronto, York Region is home to one of the hardest-hit regions in all of Ontario.

One neighbourhood in Vaughan — with the L0J postal code — has a test positivity rate of 20.4%.

And according to ICES, six of Ontario's hardest-hit neighbourhoods are in York Region.

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