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Kingston area public health declares community spread of COVID-19, no known exposure

The KFLA Public Health Unit is urging residents to take precautions following a declaration of COVID-19 community spread in the region. 

“Community spread happens when there are many positive COVID-19 cases and clusters of positive COVID-19 cases in our community, which cannot be accounted for by known exposures,” wrote the Public Health Unit in a press release today. 

The health unit says that taking preventative measures will help to slow down or stop community spread of new infections. Precautions include: getting fully vaccinated, limiting social gatherings, staying two metres apart and staying home if you are feeling unwell. 

COVID-19 testing is available at the Beechgrove Complex or at LACGH Westdale Campus in Napanee. There will also be mobile vaccination and testing at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 16 – St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School parking lot, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  •  Wednesday, Nov. 17 – Yonge St. near Johnston St., from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 – Belle Park parking lot, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

“It is crucial for all residents of KFL&A to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, you should isolate right away. Only leave isolation to visit an assessment centre to be tested for COVID-19,” says Dr. Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “Unfortunately, our case investigations show that individuals are not always following public health guidance and are ignoring symptoms and delaying testing. This puts everyone in the community at risk. If you feel sick, or even if you just have mild symptoms, make the responsible choice and get tested to protect yourself and your community.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: 

• Fever 37.8 degrees Celsius and over

• Cough or worsening cough

• Muscle aches, joint pain and tiredness

• Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)

• Headache

• Runny nose

• Gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea)

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