Five COVID cases linked to Kingston party, goers asked to get tested

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Kingston Public Health officials are asking all who attended a recent house party on Johnson Street to self-isolate and get tested after five COVID-19 cases linked to the party have so far been discovered. 

Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health, made the plea Thursday after the health unit said officials have been unable to track down all of those who went to the party on Friday, September 18. 

"The rationale for the public notification is that we have found evidence of propagation, but we have been unable to identify all attendees through case investigation." said Dr. More in a statement.

Once tested, the health unit said those who attended the gathering should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. It said if an individual develops any symptoms, even after a negative test, they should again self-isolate and get re-tested.

"The well-being of these individuals is our top priority along with ensuring adherence to unmonitored private social gathering regulations."

Kingston added two new cases to its total Wednesday, the same day the at the Beechgrove Complex had to close early because of high demand. It has re-opened on Thursday. 

The testing centre at 51 Heakes Lane is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and Queens University students also have access to a testing centre at Mitchell Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday by appointment only.