Kingston omicron case suggests early spread in Ontario, says region’s top doctor – CBC

Person was symptomatic Nov. 28, had no travel connections, says Dr. Piotr Oglaza

Dec 10, 2021

A COVID-19 case reported this week in the Kingston, Ont., region suggests the omicron variant was already spreading in the province when Canada’s first cases were announced, according to the region’s top doctor.

Dr. Piotr Oglaza of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health shared new details on CBC Radio’s All In A Day Wednesday about the health unit’s first case involving the latest variant of concern.

On Tuesday, the health unit said they had confirmed the presence of omicron in someone who had no apparent history of international travel.

Oglaza said the person first showed symptoms on Nov. 28, the same day Canada’s first two omicron cases were confirmed in Ottawa, in a pair of people who had recently travelled from Nigeria.

“It was just two days after the World Health Organization declared omicron a variant of concern and drew the attention of the entire world,” Oglaza told All In A Day.

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