No new case of coronavirus in Kingston region Friday, provincial data mistaken: public health

Editor’s note: This story originally said there was a new case of the novel coronavirus in the Kingston region Friday, after it was included in the daily provincial data. The region’s medical officer of health says provincial data was mistaken.

Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer of health for the region, says a new case of the novel coronavirus identified in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region by the province actually is located in Ottawa.

On Friday, provincial data released daily about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario said a woman in her 20s contracted the virus while living in the Kingston region.

Moore said the woman used to live in the Kingston region, but moved to Ottawa a few months ago.

Her address, Moore said, was still listed with the province as a Kingston region address.

Moore says she was not tested in the Kingston region, but rather in Ottawa, where she presumably caught the virus.

Travel outside of Kingston region greatest threat for COVID-19: Public health

The region’s first new case of COVID-19 in almost three weeks was identified Tuesday in a man in his 20s.

Public health officials said earlier this week that they believed the man had contracted the virus by travelling outside the region to a larger urban area like Ottawa or Toronto.

The Kingston region, therefore, still only has one active case, with 62 total cases and 61 resolved cases, as of Friday afternoon.

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