Kingston nail salon outbreak grows to 22 confirmed cases

A sign on the door of Binh's Nails and Spa in Kingston says a customer tested positive for COVID-19. (Kimberley Johnson/CTV News)

A COVID-19 outbreak in Kingston linked to a local nail salon has grown.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health (KFLAPH) now says 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are connected with the outbreak at Binh's Nails and Spa.

On Thursday, KFLAPH announced an outbreak of COVID-19 linked to the salon on Gardiner Road. Six of 10 workers, three clients, and seven of their close contacts had all tested positive for the virus.

More than 500 customers who had visited Binh's since it reopened on June 12 to when it closed on June 24 were told to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms of the disease. If any symptoms manifested, they were told to be tested right away.

In an email to CTV News on Sunday, KFLAPH spokesperson Jenn Fagan said the case count connected with the outbreak had risen.

In a statement to CTV News last week, the owner of Binh's Nail and Spa salon, Binh Nguyen said, "We'd like to apologize that this happened. We encourage everyone who's been in our salon since the 12th to get tested."

A second nail salon in Kingston, Kingdom Nails and Spa on Fortune Crescent, has also been linked to the outbreak at Binh's. Kingdom Nails says an employee of theirs, who rents from Binh's, tested positive on Saturday.

"The second nail salon case is connected to Binhs Nail and Spa outbreak. This is still under investigation," said Fagan.

On Friday, a public health order mandated that everyone must wear masks inside all public spaces in Kingston until further notice.