Kingston Health Unit Warns of Increased COVID-19 Transmission Among Young Adults and Gatherings – Kingston | The Canadian News

KFL & A Public Health urges young people who recently attended large gatherings to get tested for COVID-19 as the number of cases within that group increases.

According to Dr. Hugh Guan, the region’s acting medical health officer, there has recently been an increase in COVID-19 cases among young adults in the city center.

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“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 covers are not used,” said the unit of Health.

These cases are spreading rapidly because they are being driven by the Delta variant, the health unit added.

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This comes after weeks of student street parties in the Queen College District, sometimes numbering as many as 5,000.

“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 Guan Thursday.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should be tested immediately. The health unit is also asking anyone who has recently attended a large gathering to get tested for COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, there were 28 active cases of COVID-19 in the region. Case counts have not been this high since late April 2021. The health unit has yet to update its COVID cases on Thursday.

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