‘Victims of our own success’: Kingston goes from leading to lagging in latest COVID-19 wave – CBC

Epidemiologist says early victories could help explain recent struggles

Dec 13, 2021

After navigating the first three waves of the pandemic with relative ease, Kingston’s COVID-19 numbers are among Ontario’s worst during the fourth.

The current wave is coursing through a region in eastern Ontario where the early pandemic response stood out as a bright spot. Kingston and its surrounding communities consistently reported fewer cases than much of the province and didn’t record a single COVID-19 death in 2020.

Some experts pointed to Kingston’s older, dispersed population and its small, domestic airport, but others identified decisive action from the local public health authority.

“We haven’t had a tough wave until now,” Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson said.

Kingston epidemiologists and politicians are saying those early victories may be costing the city now.

“We really are victims of our own success,” Paterson said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/kingston-covid-omicron-fourth-wave-1.6283126

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