25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 now linked to a nail salon in Kingston, Ontario.

Kingston, Ontario area health unit confirms three more COVID-19 cases related to a nail salon in the city of eastern Ontario, warning that all nail salons will be closed if others are linked to a positive case.

Kieran Moore, the medical officer of health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning On Monday, the number of cases related to Binh’s Nail and Spa at 500 Gardiners Rd. Is up to 25 people.

Six of them are employees, six are customers and the rest are their close contacts, he said in a separate CBC radio interview. Ontario morning.

One of these close contacts works in another salon in the city, which has closed. None of the 25 are hospitalized.

Kingston had 63 confirmed cases before that, including only two in May.

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The health unit said in an email Sunday that more confirmed cases linked to local nail salons would mean it would order all nail salons under its jurisdiction to close.

Moore said Monday that the decision would be made by the end of the week.

Questions about timing

The inspectors found that Binh’s clients were not wearing masks, that the space was not set up at a good distance and that best hygiene practices were not followed.

Moore retrospectively stated that personal services such as nail salons may not need to open with other businesses on June 12.

“I don’t think we reopened too early; I don’t think all companies have followed best practices,” he said on Metro Morning.

“We were in a bubble, that bubble burst, and now we have to maintain good hand hygiene [and] good wearing of a mask … 500 people without work for two weeks bother me enormously because it could have been avoided. We will learn from it. “

Kieran Moore, the medical officer of health for the Kingston, Ontario area, in a YouTube video about the outbreak late last week. (Public health KFL & A / YouTube)

Masks are required in the Kingston area for many indoor public places. Moore said that anyone who sees someone inside a business who doesn’t wear a mask should leave.

Calls to people who went to the salon for testing and others’ concerns about the increase leads to long queues and waits for tests during the weekend.

More than 3,000 people have gone for testing since last Monday, said Moore.

People lined up for hours on Friday to get tested for COVID-19. Some said they had visited the nail salon where an outbreak occurred while others said they had been in close contact with people who were subsequently tested positive. 1h00

The Kingston Test Center has moved to Leon’s Center, near the waterfront, which houses the Kingston Frontenacs junior hockey team.

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