COVID-19 outbreak declared at In From the Cold shelter

In From the Cold emergency shelter, located at the corner of Montreal and Joseph Streets. Photo via Google Maps.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at In From the Cold, a local emergency shelter operated by Home Base Housing.

Officially declared on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, there are currently two case linked to the outbreak at the Montreal Street shelter.

On the same day, 291 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the KFL&A Public Health region, with 198 of those cases being in the City of Kingston. Public Health reported a 12.2 per cent positivity rate for those tested in the region across the past seven days, during which 1,337 new cases have been reported locally.

Currently, there are 26 COVID-19 outbreaks in the region with 151 active cases of the virus between them.

According to Home Base Housing, The In From the Cold Emergency Shelter can house up to 35 people, making it the largest shelter in the City of Kingston for men and women aged 25 and older.

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