KFL&A Public Health confirmed today that the Omicron variant has been identified in the Kingston area. The health unit was notified through a sample from an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
“At this time, the individual identified with the Omicron variant does not have a travel history. KFL&A Public Health continues to investigate the COVID-19 case to identify transmission,” wrote Public Health in a statement today.
The news comes as Kingston confirmed 101 new COVID-19 cases in the region today, a record high for the region. Three new outbreaks were declared and there have been 2 new deaths. In total, there are 429 active cases in the Kingston area.
KFL&A Public Health is reminding the public to stay vigilant at this time and to follow public health measures.
• Get fully vaccinated when you are eligible to help protect those most vulnerable.
• Screen for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
• Stay home, isolate, and get tested if you have any symptoms, even mild.
• Avoid social gatherings.
• Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with and wear a mask in indoor spaces.
• Consider curbside pick-up, delivery, or alternate hours for shopping, especially if you are at a higher risk for illness.
This new Omicron variant of COVID-19, which was first detected in Ontario in early December and first discovered in South Africa, has quickly spread throughout the world and has been identified in over 80 countries so far.
“Please be diligent and continue to adhere to public health measures leading into the holiday season. The continued efforts of individuals and families to limit or avoid social gatherings, screen daily for symptoms and stay home if you have any symptoms will help our community limit the spread of Omicron,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health.