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Public Health tracking 21 COVID-19 cases due to nail salon outbreak

As of Sunday, Jun. 28, 2020, KFL&A Public Health is tracking a total of 21 cases of COVID-19 following an outbreak at Binh’s Nail Salon, said Dr Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, in a community update.

Those cases include six workers at Binh’s Nail Salon, one worker at Kingdom Nail who had close contact with a worker at Binh’s, five Binh’s clients, and eight contacts of those clients, said Dr Moore.

KFL&A Public Health is in the process of reaching out to any possible secondary contacts of those infected.

Dr Moore says that 2000 residents have been tested for COVID-19 over the past week, reflecting a large spike in testing as a result of the outbreak.

“The good news is that we don’t have anyone admitted to hospital, no one in the intensive care units, and we have not seen any spread of this virus to any of our vulnerable populations, including our long-term care facilities , retirement homes, corrections facilities, or the hospital,” said Dr Moore.

Dr Moore is optimistic that the spread of the outbreak can be limited through diligent community preventative measures. “It’s all about prevention, about good hand hygiene, good masking in public where you can’t maintain that physical distance,” said Dr Moore.

“I’ve driven around town the last few days and I’ve seen much more masking in public,” Dr Moore continued, “and I think our community has a high compliance rate.”

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