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Multiple COVID-19 cases in Kingston linked to house parties

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health now says that multiple recent cases of COVID-19 in Kingston can be linked to student house parties.

“Today, Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health confirms at least two recent COVID-19 positive cases attended several house parties held on December 4 and 5 in the university district during their period of communicability,” said KFL&A Public Health in a press release.

In total, Queen’s University has reported ten off-campus cases of COVID-19 since Nov. 30, 2020.

KFL&A Public Health says that all individuals who have attended house parties in this area are required to self-isolate and to get tested if symptoms occur. After being tested, individuals should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. If after this time, KFL&A Public Health says, an individual develops symptoms, they are required to self-isolate again and to get re-tested.

The COVID-19 assessment centre at the Beechgrove Complex at 51 Heakes Lane, Kingston, is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by appointment only. The Queen’s COVID Satellite Assessment Centre in Mitchell Hall will be open Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Please call as hours will be variable – 613-533-2506.

The L&A Assessment centre at the LACGH Westdale Campus at 12 Richmond Park Dr, Napanee, is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., by appointment only. To find the closest Ontario testing location to get a COVID?19 test, residents can visit Ontario’s COVID-19 Testing Centre Location webpage. Assessment centres are open daily and appointments can be booked online or by phone, according to KFL&A Public Health.

KFL&A Public Health is investigating and following up with close contacts.

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