The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region began the week with some not-so encouraging news, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the area continues to grow.
Update (Monday, Nov. 8, 2021)
While the provincial government reported the KFL&A Region having the most new cases per 100,000 people (13.36) earlier today, KFL&A Public Health has now reported the number of new cases in the region at a staggering 65 since Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
Of those cases, five are related to current outbreaks, 34 were acquired through close contact, and 26 cases are currently under investigation. Additionally, there is one new outbreak (yet to be disclosed), and three cases now in hospital, including one cases which is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The breakdown of those 65 cases by age group is:
- Those under 10: Seven cases
- Those 10 to 17: Three cases
- Those 18 to 29: 17 cases
- Those in their 30s: 17 cases
- Those in their 40s: 11 cases
- Those in their 50s: Two cases
- Those in their 60s: Five cases
- Those in their 70s: Two cases
- Those in their 80s: One case
On Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, the KFL&A Region has 13.36 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, according to the Ontario Ministry of Health. The local region is followed by Sudbury for most new cases on the first day of the week, with 11.56 new cases per 100,000 people there. The next three jurisdictions with the highest number of new cases are all under 10 new cases per 100,000 people today: Chatham-Kent has 8.47, Waterloo has 8.39, and the Eastern Ontario region has 7.19, according to data published by the provincial government today.
Furthermore, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, marks the KFL&A region’s first time surpassing 100 active cases of COVID-19 since Friday, May 14, 2021, according to data from KFL&A Public Health.
While KFL&A Public Health has yet to update its data reporting for today, data provided by the Ontario government indicates that the region now has 116 active cases, a rise of 29 cases since the last reported number of cases in the region.
There are currently four active COVID-19 outbreaks in the region involving 28 cases between them, according to the latest data from KFL&A Public Health, which was last updated on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
Three of those outbreaks are in local schools and account for 12 of those cases, and the other is a community outbreak involving primarily the unhoused and those seeking assistance with addictions/mental health issues through the Integrated Care Hub (ICH). The latter outbreak included 16 cases as of Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, and, according to Gilles Charette, Executive Director of HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS), 28 cases have been detected through testing at the ICH since Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. There are currently 12 individuals who have contracted COVID-19 isolating on-site at the ICH, Charette said, a number which “has been stable since Friday.”