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KFL&A records twenty-third death due to COVID-19

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The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington region has recorded another death due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of local deaths from the virus to 23.

According to provincial data, the deceased was a male in his 60s. Contact tracing has not been able to determine the method of transmission for this infection. According to the province, the case was first diagnosed on Dec. 24, 2021.

This is the first death in KFL&A associated with COVID-19 this year, and the fifteenth death in the recent surge of COVID-19 infections, known as the “fourth wave”. As a result of this “fourth wave”, a male in his 60s died on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 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. According to Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health, most of these deaths have been due to the Delta variant.

Yesterday, KFL&A Public Health reported a total of 154 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of active COVID-19 cases to 2316, although KFL&A Public Health has warned that current known case numbers are likely to be significantly underestimating actual COVID-19 case numbers, due to restrictions in testing. According to KFL&A Public Health, as of yesterday, there were 18 local residents hospitalized with COVID-19, with nine of those in intensive care, six of whom were on ventilators.

Twenty-two 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, five 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.

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