Kingston reports two new cases of COVID-19, 16 recoveries


Kingston reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the same day the region moved into the 'yellow-protect' status of the province's COVID-19 framework. 

The first day of new restrictions on some businesses saw a woman in her 50's and man in his 20's both test positive for the virus, both of whom contracted it through close contact with another case, according to Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health. 

There are now just 10 active cases of the virus in the Kingston-area after 16 patients also recovered over the weekend. None of the patients are in hospital and all are in self-isolation. 

Restrictions for some Kingston businesses officially kicked in Monday after a previous week of high cases and they are expected to last at least a few weeks. 

Ontario broke its single-day record for new cases again on Monday, reporting 1,589 new cases and 19 deaths from the virus. Most of the cases continue to come from provincial hotspots like Peel Region, Toronto and York Region, which combined for 1,076 of the new cases on Monday. 

507 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, including 156 in intensive care.

With news of a third successful vaccine trial Monday, this one from pharmaceutical giant Astrazeneca, experts are hopeful the end of the pandemic is growing nearer, but are also warning residents to not get complacent. 

Infectious Disease expert Dr. Abdu Sharkawy told CTV on Monday the vaccine news doesn't mean Ontario and Canada are out of the woods just yet.

"I still want to caution against this idea that this means we've turned the corner," Dr. Sharkawy said, adding U.S. regulators tend to move more quickly with approvals than Health Canada. 

"It's going to take time and then there's a lot of people who are going to get needles in their arms before the general public."

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province will receive 1.6 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine and 800,000 doses of Moderna's. 

Retired General Rick Hillier, who spent three years as Chief of Defense Staff with the Canadian Armed Forces, was named as the head of the province's vaccine rollout team on Monday. Premier Doug Ford said Hillier was chosen because the project will need someone who is an expert at logistics and planning large-scale operations.