KINGSTON, Ont. – Five more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak related to a nail salon in Kingston, Ont., including an employee at another salon.
The Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health unit said on Monday that a total of 27 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus are linked to Binh’s Nail and Spa.
Dr. Kieran Moore, the region’s medical officer of health, says a worker at Kingdom Nails & Spa was in close contact with a staff member at Binh’s, and they have also tested positive for COVID-19.
“We all, as a community, can learn from this,” said Moore, who recommends that anyone who attended Kingdom on June 17 or between June 21 and June 25 get tested.
“We’ve shared our experience across health units in Ontario so that they’re aware we’ve had outbreak in these settings.”
In response to the outbreak, the City of Kingston made it mandatory on Friday to wear a face mask in all indoor public places.
Mayor Bryan Paterson said that means people will have to wear a mask to enter places including grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants and hair and nail salons.
Moore said the growth rate of the outbreak depends on what steps people in the Kingston area take in the next two weeks to protect themselves and others, including observing the city’s mandatory mask order and washing hands thoroughly and frequently.
“I do expect our numbers will grow because our community’s because we’ve been so vigilant on testing, our community’s really stepped up,” said Moore. “Whether it’s going to be 50 cases at the end of this week or remain in the 30s or 40s, I’m not sure.”
Moore said that most of the cases related to the Binh’s outbreak are showing minimal symptoms and no one has been hospitalized. All of the people who have tested positive are self-isolating at home, he added.
Moore also said nearly 3,000 people have been tested in the area in the past week.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2020.