On Thursday, Acting Medical Health Officer Dr. Hugh Guan confirmed that there has been an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in young adults in downtown Kingston. He is now advising those experiencing symptoms to get tested for COVID-19. He is also advising unimmunized or partially immunized people who have attended large gatherings in the past few days to get tested regardless of symptoms.
“Research by KFL & A Public Health has revealed that transmission occurs during close, unprotected contact between people in social settings (including large gatherings) where physical distancing is limited and face coverings are not worn,” said Dr. Guan.
“COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly because they are being driven by the Delta COVID-19 variant, which is easily transmitted in social settings, can cause a greater severity of the disease and affects people younger than they are not vaccinated ”.
The medical health officer also took the opportunity to discourage larger gatherings. “With the highly contagious nature of the delta variant of COVID-19, we urge young adults to act responsibly and conscientiously by avoiding large gatherings and protecting others in our community by getting tested for COVID-19,” said the Dr. Hugh Guan, Acting Medical Health Officer for KFL & A Public Health.
The advisory comes as 7 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday, and several are the result of close contact.
Yesterday, a notice was also sent out alerting the public that there has been a COVID-19 exposure at Trinity Restaurant. “KFL & A Public Health recommends that people who attended Trinity Social Restaurant on Saturday, September 4, 2021, between 8:30 pm and 2:00 am self-manage symptoms for 10 days,” wrote Public Health.
On the advice of the Medical Director of Health, all Ontarians are asked to:
• Get fully vaccinated.
• Avoid social gatherings, visiting other people, or having other people visit you and spend the night.
• Stay 2 meters away from people you do not live with and wear a mask or face shield in closed public spaces or anytime physical distancing is not possible.
• If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, isolate, and get tested early.
The COVID-19 assessment center at the Beechgrove complex at 51 Heakes Lane, Kingston. COVID-19 testing appointments are available every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“To learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself, and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk, visit kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or visit the Ontario website to learn more about how the province continues to protect residents. Ontario’s COVID -19 ”.
To date, 85% of the KFLA population has received one dose of one vaccine and 78% have both doses. r