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Public Health reports 6 new Kingston COVID-19 cases, including 3 health-care workers

KFL&A Public Health says three of the region's six new cases were identified in health-care workers. Kraig Krause / Global News

On Friday, KFL&A Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19, half of which were found in health-care workers.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre has confirmed that one of the cases involves a staff member, the second case involving a hospital worker since Thursday.

According to the health unit, three men, one in his 60s, one in his 30s and another in his 20s, all contracted the novel coronavirus through close contact.

Two female health-care workers caught the virus, one in her 40s through close contact, and another in her 20s, whose mode of transmission is under investigation.

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A male health-care worker in his 30s caught the virus as well, but his mode of transmission is also under investigation. In total, since the pandemic began, 33 local health-care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

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One new recovery brings the region’s total active case count to 23.

There is still only one outbreak in the region at Extendicare Kingston, which has had one staff member test positive.

On Thursday, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) said one of its emergency room staff members had tested positive for the virus. On Friday the health care provider issued a statement confirming a second case. According to the statement, evidence indicates that this was not a work-acquired infection.

According to KHSC, both Kingston General Hospital staff members are at home recovering in self-isolation. Four other staff members are off work on self-quarantine with careful monitoring as higher risk contacts and five more are on work isolation as a precaution.

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KHSC has yet to identify if any other staff members have tested positive, but said it is working on a response.

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Since the pandemic began, the Kingston region has seen a total of 256 cases of COVID-19, 233 of which have resolved.