Two new COVID-19 cases in Kingston, 18 active

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Kingston on Wednesday as the case numbers continue to slowly climb in the area. 

One case was confirmed in a woman in her 40's, as well as a case reported at J.J. O’Neill Catholic School in Napanee earlier this week. The student is a female under the age of 19 and both patients are self-isolating. 

There are 18 active cases in the Kingston-area as of Thursday morning but no one is in hospital. 

Ontario as a whole reported 625 new cases Wednesday, a jump from Tuesday's total of 554 but still lower than Monday's record count of 700. The province also warned Wednesday the current modeling for the virus could see daily counts of 1,000 new cases by the middle of this month. 

So far, Premier Doug Ford said there are no plans to institute a full at-home gathering ban like was recently issued in Quebec, but health officials continue to recommend keeping contacts within your 'household bubble' and to continue to follow public health advice for physical distancing, masks and hand washing.