Increase of COVID-19 cases concerns Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health has announced a change in the community status level of COVID-19 in our area from green to yellow, effective Friday, Sept 25.
Each status level represents a different level of COVID-19 severity, based on the number of cases in the KFL&A area and the local capacity to deal with outbreaks and testing.
“Since September 9, we have seen 14 new cases of COVID-19. Most of these cases have been individuals under 30 years of age, female, and residents of the City of Kingston,” said KFL&A Public Health in a press release. “KFL&A Public Health investigation into the source of infection for these cases is ongoing. Given this trend, KFL&A Public Health has deemed it important to signal the increased need for vigilance to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19 in our region.”
The yellow community status level of COVID-19 indicates that KFL&A has a few active positive cases, less than two active outbreaks, full local hospital capacity, cases and contacts are being reached within 24 hours of notification of positive test results, and there is high testing capacity (community swabbing has increased), according to Public Health.
“We must all continue to work together, stay vigilant, and follow the public health measures to keep COVID-19 from spreading in KFL&A,” said KFL&A Public Health. The following measures have been put forth to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear a face covering and stay 2 metres apart
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Limit the number of people you come into close contact
- Maintain a trusted social circle of no more than 10 people
- Stay home if you are sick
- Monitor for symptoms and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Further COVID-19 statistics for the region can be viewed here.