Ontario just days from COVID-19 case surge similar to Kingston, expert says – CBC

Local medical officer of health limits gatherings, indoor dining in city of Kingston

Dec 13, 2021

Health officials in Kingston, Ont., are issuing a stark message to the rest of the province as they further tighten gathering restrictions while dealing with the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in Ontario.

As of Friday, the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington public health unit reported a record number of cases that day and a weekly rate of 350.3 cases per 100,000 residents, which it says it suspects is mostly due to the spreading omicron variant.

Then from Friday through Sunday, the health unit recorded an additional 359 confirmed cases of the virus — 291 in Kingston — and, as of Monday, had 908 active known cases.

The health unit also reported 263 suspected cases of the omicron variant on Monday.

“By this time next week, there’s no question omicron will be the dominant variant,” said Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease specialist at Queen’s University.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/kingston-section-22-health-order-1.6283964

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