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Kingston public health says multiple COVID-19 cases linked to more University District parties

The health unit is asking anyone who attended a party in the University District over Dec. 11 and 12 to monitor for symptoms and self-isolate. Global News

KFL&A Public Health is asking anyone who attended parties in the University District over the weekend of Dec. 11 and 12 to self-isolate after several cases of COVID-19 were linked back to the gatherings.

According to the health unit, multiple cases have been traced back to “several parties” in the downtown core that weekend.

Read more: 2 Kingston COVID-19 cases traced back to University District house parties: public health

This is the second time in the last month house parties in the University District have led to the spread of the disease. At least two cases of the coronavirus were linked back to parties in the area over Dec. 4 and Dec. 5.

The health unit says those who tested positive attended the parties while they were contagious.

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Now, public health is asking anyone who went to those parties to self-isolate and get tested if symptoms occur.

“Once tested, individuals should continue to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. If after this time, an individual develops symptoms they are required to self-isolate again and to get re-tested,” the health unit said in a statement Tuesday.

Read more: ‘Stay to your immediate household’ over holidays, says Kingston-area public health

When asked how many parties there were, and how many cases were associated with those parties, Jenn Fagan, communications officer for KFL&A Public Health, said both those numbers were “still under investigation.”

The health unit would not disclose what streets the parties were on due to privacy reasons.

Kingston police said they did not lay any Reopening Ontario Act fines that weekend.