18 COVID-19 cases now linked to Kingston, Ont., Salon

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There are now 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in people who work or have visited a salon in Kingston, Ontario, nearly a quarter of the total number of known cases in the region.Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health said on Thursday an outbreak of COVID-19 at Binh’s Nails and Spa in western eastern Ontario and have closed it until further notice.

On Friday, medical officer of health Kieran Moore said in a YouTube video that eight others who were there had a confirmed case of COVID-19, for a total of 18 people, including six staff members and one of their partners.

“It is not unexpected when the economy opens, it can happen. I’m just glad it was detected early, “said Moore, adding that he thought the epidemic started about a week ago.

The 18 new cases would mean that the region has had 81 confirmed cases, only two of them in May and none in June until this week.

The public health agency said on Thursday that anyone who visited the show after June 12, the date it was allowed to reopen under Ontario’s phase 2 lifting of restrictions, should be tested and isolate themselves until 14 days after their visit.

Hundreds of people at risk

These people and their close contacts cover 680 people Friday morning, said Moore. Among them are health workers and correctional services, with no indication that the coronavirus has infected anyone in these settings.

Premier Doug Ford said on Friday that the epidemic is both concerning and shows that the contact tracing system is working because they were able to quickly reach those hundreds of contacts.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province has no plans to tighten the restrictions because of what has happened.

Moore said the public health team is considering making masks mandatory in public and reminds people to wear masks in personal services such as a salon, while ensuring that staff follow the rules for masks and hygiene.

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