COVID-19 transmission is occurring throughout the entire KFL&A region, not just in isolated spots, said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health, in a video address to the community on Monday, Apr. 19, 2021.
“We’re still seeing widespread activity throughout our community and we’ve put up a map of KFL&A just to show you that these are some of the 93 active cases are distributed across our community, whether it’s in Cloyne, or Flinton, Mountain Grove, Sharbot Lake, Centreville, Harrowsmith, Verona, Inverary, Kingston, Amherstview, Bath, certainly in Napanee, Selby… We’ve had active cases that we’re monitoring, as we speak 93 of them and we’re monitoring all of their contacts,” said Dr. Moore.
“This virus wants to spread very quickly, they are variants now,” Dr. Moore explained, pointing out that even if someone has received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, they should still be isolating themselves from others at this time. “What we’re finding when we investigate these cases is that there’s still too much social activity going on,” continued Dr. Moore. “There’s dinner parties or birthday parties, social gatherings, bonfires that have occurred. And when you don’t wear your mask, the risk of transmission goes up significantly. And that’s what’s occurring across our community. We all have to stay within our household, we all have to reduce the number of social contacts we have.”
Dr. Moore said he is disappointed that the region still has 93 active cases three weeks into a lockdown. “We can do better than this,” said Dr. Moore. “We can get our case counts down, the hospital has over 40 individuals from outside our region in the intensive care unit setting, our health system is getting stretched.”
As of today, Kingston Health Sciences Centre was reporting 44 COVID-19 patients being treated at its facilities, up from 34 on Friday, and more than twice as many as were being treated at KHSC about two weeks ago.
“We really need to decrease transmission within our community so that we don’t have an impact on the healthcare system,” said Dr. Moore. “We still are at a higher risk than I would like. And we can do better.”
The full video can be seen here.