Kingstonist’s COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide – 2021

We want to make sure that readers have access to current updates as quickly as possible. This page will provide the latest updates we have on COVID-19 in Kingston as well as updates regarding closures being done to encourage social distancing to help stop the spread of this virus.

Current Status

KFL&A confirmed cases: 7,016
KFL&A active cases: 2,214
Roadmap to Reopen: Step Three

This status updated
January 03 2022 at 2:36 p.m.


A message from KFL&A Public Health: As of December 31, testing for COVID-19 has been limited to the most vulnerable individuals and individuals associated with the highest risk settings. This means that confirmed cases will significantly underestimate the true number of people with COVID-19 in the KFL&A region.  From this point forward, case rates and percent positivity should not be compared to dates before these testing criteria changes. 

On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, KFL&A Public Health announced that the first case of a new variant of COVID-19 had been detected in the region. A second variant of concern was detected on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. A third variant of concern in the region was announced on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. A fourth variant of concern case was confirmed in the region on Monday, Mar. 1, 2021, Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021, and a further fifth case was detected on Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021. See chart below for current information on cases involving variants of concern.

Public Health Restrictions

At 12:01, Friday, Jul. 16, 2021, the province moved into Step Three of their Roadmap to Reopen. Details, and what that means are available in our previous coverage.

At 12:01, Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2021, the province moved into Step Two of their Roadmap to Reopen. Details, and what that means are available in our previous coverage. We are expected to stay at this step for at least 21 days.

On Friday, Jun. 11, 2021, the province moved into Step One of their Roadmap to Reopen. Details, and what that means are available in our previous coverage. We are expected to stay at this step for at least 21 days.

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the Ontario government announced its three-step plan to gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions. Reduced restrictions will begin on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Details here.

On Wednesday, Apr 7, 2021, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is declaring a province-wide State of Emergency and imposing a Stay-At-Home Order for at least four weeks. The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect on Thursday, April 8 at 12:01 a.m. On Thursday, May 13, 2021, Ford announced the Stay-At-Home Order would be extended until Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021.

On Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021, the Ontario government pulled the so-called province-wide “emergency brake”, and intends to keep the plan in place for at least four weeks. This puts the entire province in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions, as per the provincial COVID-19 response framework. The change takes effect on Saturday, Apr. 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Details here.

Local Assessment Centres

KINGSTON: The Kingston COVID-19 Assessment Centre is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beechgrove Complex, south of the intersection of King St. and Portsmouth Ave. As of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, the Assessment Centre is operating by appointment only. Find all the details on that here, then book an appointment online through the Kingston Health Sciences Centre website. Appointments can also be made by calling 613-548-2376 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are also four pharmacies in Kingston and Amherstview offering COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic residents.

NAPANEE: The COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Napanee is located at the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital West Campus at 12 Richmond Park Drive. Pre-register here or call 613-354-8254 before visiting. This assessment centre is open seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Vaccination and testing

KFL&A Public Health region is in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. For information on vaccinations through local pharmacies, click here.
NOTE: KFL&A Public Health did not provide updated vaccination data on Friday, Dec. 24, 2021, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, Friday, Dec. 30, 2021, nor on Monday, Jan 3, 2022.

Previous
(30/12/2021)
Current
(03/01/2022)
First doses administered – KFL&A residents182,151N/A
Second doses administered- KFL&A residents167,866N/A
Third doses administered – KFL&A residents82,795N/A
First doses administered in KFL&A191,850N/A
Second doses administered in KFL&A171,147N/A
Third doses administered in KFL&A88,854N/A
Completed tests417,020420,419
Percentage rate positive results (past 7 days)12.2%15.7%

Note: KFL&A Public Health currently only reports vaccination data on weekdays.

Local Case Information

Previous
(02/01/2022)
Current
(03/01/2022)
Confirmed positive test results6,9097,016
Resolved cases4,6884,780
Active Cases2,1992,214
Number of cases of variants of concern3,3993,400
Number of cases reported in the last 7 days1,3641,435
Current number of local cases hospitalized1315
Current number of cases in ICU89
Current number of cases on ventilator66
Number of deaths2222
Number of health care workers positive182182
Number of cases in Kingston (total)5,2765,350
Number of cases in Frontenac Islands (total)2526
Number of cases in South Frontenac (total)475482
Number of cases in Central Frontenac (total)8181
Number of cases in North Frontenac (total)1415
Number of cases in Loyalist (total)353361
Number of cases in Stone Mills (total)133136
Number of cases in Addington Highlands (total)2223
Number of cases in Greater Napanee (total)332337
Number of cases in local hospitals (may or may not be cases from the region)1414
NOTE: On Thursday, Jan. 14, KFL&A Public Health provided an update on the discrepancies in case numbers being reported, which can be read here.
NOTE: We are aware that the number of cases by area do not always add up to the full number of cases. These numbers are based on data from KFL&A Public Health.

Cases involving Variants of Concern (VOCs)

Previous
(02/01/2022)
Current
(03/01/2022)
# of cases involving VOCs3,3993,400
# of cases with B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variant498498
# of cases with B.1.315 (Beta) variant22
# of cases with B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant838838
# of cases with P.1 (Gamma) variant3535
# of cases with B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant340340
# of cases which screened positive for P.1 or B.1.3512727
# of cases with variant to be determined1,6571,658
# of cases with variant not detected33
# unable to generate sequencing22

Outbreaks (active)

Previous
(02/01/2022)
Current
(03/01/2022)
Number of active cases
(included in above total)
152159
Number of active outbreaks2020

Overview of case details — Exposure (all cases in region)

Previous
(02/01/2022)
Current
(03/01/2022)
Close contact w/ confirmed case35%35%
Travel within 14 days prior to becoming ill2%2%
No Epi-link*37%37%
Information pending18%18%
Outbreak related8%8%
*If an individual has no known contact with another positive case, and has not travelled to an area with confirmed positive cases, they have no known epidemiological link (Epi-Link). If multiple cases within the KFL&A region have no known epidemiological link, this may indicate that there is community spread of COVID-19.

NOTE: We are aware that the percentages as reported by KFL&A Public Health do not always add up to 100 per cent.

Overview of case details — Hospitalization statistics (all cases in region)

Previous
(02/01/2022)
Current
(03/01/2022)
Hospitalization1.8%1.8%
In ICU0.7%0.7%
On ventilator0.3%0.3%

Individual KFL&A case information

The individual case information below, including case dates, gender, age, acquisition method, and outcome for confirmed COVID-19 cases in KFL&A is made available at and can be accessed directly via the provincial data catalogue here.

To filter for most recent cases, click on “Accurate Episode Date”.

Kingston Health Sciences Centres

All information for patients, families, and visitors at Kingston Health Sciences Centre sites on current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols are available here.

Municipal Services

The City of Kingston is maintaining a page with its response.

Additional Coverage

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