Ontario Reports Significant Spike in New COVID-19 Cases, Including 27 from Kingston Nail Salon

On Monday, June 29, Ontario Health Officials reported a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province, with many of the cases reported occurring in the Windsor-Essex region. 

According to the latest numbers, 257 new cases of COVID-19 was confirmed today, which is the first time in a couple of days where the number of cases spiked over 200 cases on a given day.

The Windsor-Essex region, which was the last region to be greenlit for Stage 2 of the Ontario’s Recovery and Reopen plan, reported up to 177 cases or approximately 69 percent of the total cases reported in Ontario today.

Ontario’s Health Minister, Christine Elliot announced on Monday that the remaining cases 80 cases occurred in the rest of the province, which included 40 in the Peel Region. 

 “After extensive testing this weekend of temporary workers in Southwestern Ontario, the province is reporting 177 new cases of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, with another 80 new cases across the rest of the province,” the minister said in a statement.

The efforts for extensive testing came after initial reports of a spike in COVID-19 cases in farms located in the Windsor-Essex region earlier last week. 

“Following some initial challenges with testing in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, these numbers reflect the implementation of our three-point plan to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on farms,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliot 

It was also announced today that 21 out of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported no additional cases of the virus, showing positive signs that the province has a better control over the spread of COVID-19.

27 confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Kingston Nail Salon

A health unit in Kingston Ontario has confirmed more COVID-19 cases tied to a nail salon, however, provided a statement saying there is no sign the virus has spread any further. 

According to Kieran Moore, the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, as of Monday, there are up to 27 number of cases linked to the nail salon. 

Of the 27 cases, six were from the staff, another six from clients, and the remainder are from close contacts of the previous. 

Currently, none of the 27 people infected have been hospitalized as the nail & spa closed voluntarily. 

Health officials in the region are asking for anyone who went there between June 17 to June 25 to be tested for COVID-19 at a local testing centre. 

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the city has taken an aggressive testing campaign as well as making it mandatory to wear masks in many indoor public locations in the Kingston area. 

COVID-19 Testing in Ontario

Within the last 24 hours, there were approximately 27,127 COVID-19 tests that were processed.

The number represents a slight decrease in the number of tests processed as it was reported that 28,633 tests were processed the day before. 

Despite the slight decrease in testing, Health Officials are seeing some good news as the province has conducted more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic was first declared. 

“We have been testing broadly in Ontario over the past two weeks,” Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario’s Chief Coroner and Executive Lead of COVID-19 testing said at a news conference on Monday.

“The good news is that our numbers have not been going up. We’ve done a substantial number of tests for people who are symptomatic or people who feel they may be at risk of the infection of COVID-19 and we have not seen our positivity rate go up.”

Ontario’s COVID-19 Statistics

As of Monday, June 29, 2020:

Confirmed Cases: 34,911

Recoveries: 30,196

Deaths: 2,665

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