Kingston health unit declares COVID-19 outbreak in Queen’s Univeristy District – Kingston

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Kingston health unit declares COVID-19 outbreak in Queen’s Univeristy District - Kingston

KFL&A Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the Queen’s University district.

The outbreak lies among young adults aged 18 to 29. They currently make up over 70 per cent of the active cases in the region, the health unit said.

The health unit says their investigators have found that transmission is occurring during “close, unprotected contact between individuals in social settings (including large gatherings) where physical distancing is limited, and face coverings are not being worn.

As of Wednesday evening, the university’s COVID-19 tracker has reported 33 cases linked to the school off-campus since Monday.

The health unit reported 18 new cases Thursday, with 95 active cases in the region.

The same day, groupings of mostly young people gathered at Breakwater Park, near the university, despite the province’s stay-at-home order, which makes it illegal to leave the house for non-essential purposes.

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The city says bylaw officers have been patrolling the area all week, and have been at Breakwater Park since 1:30 p.m.

The city has not clarified if any fines were given.

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