COVID-19 outbreak declared at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 631

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 631 on Bath Road in Kingston. Photo via Google Maps.

Update (Friday, Apr. 16, 2021)
According to Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, the exposure to COVID-19 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 631 occurred from Thursday, Apr. 1 to Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021, a much longer time span than originally reported by the Legion itself.

“Anyone that attended during that time period should either be isolating themselves or get tested,” Moore said.

Original article:

A COVID-19 outbreak, declared by Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health on Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021, has been associated with the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Branch 631 in Collins Bay.

KFL&A Public Health listed the new outbreak, which currently has nine cases associated with it, as having occurred in a meeting and event space. On the same day, Matt’s Place, the bar within RCL Branch 631, publicly posted about the outbreak on Facebook.

“As you have likely heard, there is an outbreak of Covid-19 linked to the Clubroom, with transmission occurring during the period 1-2 April 2021,” Legion Branch President Tom Briggs wrote in the post. At the time of the post, only six cases were associated with the outbreak. A further three cases were added later in the day.

Briggs stated that all those who attended the Clubroom at the Legion on Thursday, Apr. 1, and Friday, Apr. 2, 2021 should get tested.

“KFL&A Public Health has assured me that all close contacts are being investigated, and since we are presently closed, no further action until re-opening,” he wrote.

“Before we can re-open, Public Health will do an inspection to ensure guidelines are followed and practices are up to standard.? I believe all of our efforts were up to standard but can always be tweaked and improved.”

KFL&A Public Health publicly announced that multiple confirmed positive COVID-19 cases had been found among attendees of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 631 on Saturday, Apr. 10, 2021, four days before the outbreak was declared. The RCL Branch 631 is located at 4034 Bath Road in Kingston’s west end.

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