Officials say Kingston-area resident contracted U.K. variant during visit to Simcoe Muskoka

Officials say the case is not believed to be connected to Roberta Place outbreak

Officials at a health unit in eastern Ontario confirm a Kingston-area resident who tested positive for the U.K. variant of COVID-19 travelled to Simcoe Muskoka where it’s believed he was infected.

The medical officer of health for the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFLA) health unit says the person caught the virus through community spread.

Dr. Kieran Moore says the case is not believed to be connected to the outbreak at Roberta Place long-term care home in Barrie. He believes the Kingston-area resident was infected with the variant in the broader Simcoe Muskoka community.

The death toll from the Roberta Place outbreak stands at 49.

Moore says the eastern Ontario case has been linked to four others in the Kingston region, but all those people have since recovered and spread of the variant appears to have been contained to that group.

KFLA health unit has recommended any person returning from travel outside the region get tested for COVID-19 given the spread of the new variant in Ontario.