The public health unit of Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington said on Monday that a total of 27 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus are linked to Binh’s Nail and Spa.
Dr. Kieran Moore, area medical officer of health, said that an employee of Kingdom Nails & Spa was in close contact with a Binh’s staff member and that they also tested positive for COVID-19.
“All of us as a community can learn from it,” said Moore, who recommends that everyone who attended Kingdom on June 17 or between June 21 and June 25 be tested.
“We have shared our experience among Ontario health units so that they know we have had an outbreak in these settings.”
In response to the epidemic, the city of Kingston made it mandatory on Friday to wear a face mask in all indoor public places.
Mayor Bryan Paterson said it means people will have to wear a mask to enter places such as grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, and hair and nail salons.
Moore said the rate of growth of the epidemic depends on what people in the Kingston area will do in the next two weeks to protect themselves and others, including following the city’s mandatory mask order and by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.
“I expect our numbers to increase because our community is because we have been so vigilant on the tests, our community has really grown,” said Moore. “Whether it’s 50 cases at the end of this week or staying in the 1930s or 1940s, I’m not sure. ”
Moore said most of the cases linked to the Binh epidemic show minimal symptoms and that no one has been hospitalized. All those who test positive self-isolate at home, he added.
Moore also said that nearly 3,000 people had been tested in the region last week.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 29, 2020.