KFL & A Reaches Over 500 Active Cases, Adding 104 New COVID-19 Infections – Kingston | The Canadian News

The meteoric rise in COVID-19 cases in the Kingston region continues Thursday, with 104 infections reported by KFL & A Public Health.

Active cases in the region have reached 507, a seemingly unfathomable number just over a week ago, as the region surpassed the 300 mark for the first time in nearly two years.

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Case rates are skyrocketing as well, with the health unit registering 197 cases per 100,000 people this week.

The death toll is 14, but hospitalizations continue to rise, with 31 people in local hospitals, 12 in intensive care units and nine on ventilators.

More than half of the day’s cases, 63, were found in the 18 to 29 year old age group. This comes the day after Queen’s University announced a COVID-19 outbreak affecting its university sports community, which has closed university training for the time being. The school said everyone involved in college sports and the outbreak was not directly related to the athletic competition or campus facilities.

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It’s unclear how many cases are related to this outbreak, but the local COVID-19 panel lists a sports and fitness outbreak with 10 associated cases that began on December 7. An outbreak in a food and beverage establishment that was declared Wednesday now has 30 associated cases.

This also comes a day after Dr. Piotr Oglaza announced the presence of a case of the Omicron variant in the region. In an interview with Global News on Thursday, Oglaza said that another 32 test samples were sent to detect the new variant in question.

More than 80 percent of the day’s cases do not have a known transmission link.

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As the region sees significant growth in cases, the health unit implemented new health requirements set to begin on Saturday that will make most businesses and organizations, except for grocery stores and healthcare establishments, Look for additional symptoms.

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