The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region has recorded two further deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of local deaths from the virus to 25 as of Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
According to provincial data, the newly deceased are a male in his 80s, diagnosed late last week, whose case was outbreak related, and a female in her 70s, diagnosed shortly after Christmas, whose method of transmission is still unknown.
This is the second and third death in KFL&A associated with COVID-19 this year, bringing the total number of deaths in the recent surge of COVID-19 infections, known as the “fourth wave” to 17. As a result of this “fourth wave,” a male in his 60s died on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, a female in her 70s died a day later, a female in her 80s died less than a week later, a female in her 70s died shortly thereafter, another male in his 60s died less than a week later, and a fourth male in his 60s died on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Two residents died on the same day shortly thereafter. KFL&A Public Health also reported the death of another female in her 80s in mid-December. A total of six deaths were also recorded by KFL&A Public Health over the Christmas weekend, and a male in his 60s was reported deceased on Jan 5, 2022.
Due to the changes to case reporting and testing protocols, KFL&A Public Health no longer provides the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the region. Instead, they report the number of high-risk cases, as those cases are still eligible for PCR testing. Today, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, Public Health reported there were 738 active high-risk COVID-19 cases in the region. Twenty cases are currently in hospital with 11 in intensive care, and eight on ventilators.
Twenty-three others have now died from COVID-19 in the region since the beginning of the pandemic: three males aged 90 or over, a female aged 90 or over, a male in his 80s, five females in their 80s, a male in his 70s, two female in their 70s, six males in their 60s, one female in her 60s, a female in her 50s, a male in his 50s, and a male in his 30s.