COVID-19 outbreak at Providence Care Hospital declared over

Providence Care Hospital. Kingstonist file image.

A COVID-19 outbreak declared on Parkside 2, an inpatient unit at Providence Care Hospital, is now over. The outbreak was initially declared on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2022, after four patients tested positive for the virus.

According to a release from Providence Care, patients who tested positive or had close contact with positive cases were quarantined, monitored closely for symptoms and tested for the virus multiple times throughout the outbreak. All Parkside 2 staff members were also tested for COVID-19.

Providence Care, along with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, declared the watch over on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022, because it has been 10 days since the last confirmed positive case, Providence Care stated. All restrictions as a result of the outbreak have been lifted; however, the following safety measures remain in place across Providence Care Hospital:

  • All staff members are actively screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms. They continue to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.
  • Only designated visitors, designated care partners and essential visitors who pass screening, and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (some exceptions apply) are permitted to enter. Individuals who pass screening must wear the appropriate PPE at all times for the duration of their visit.
  • General visitors are not permitted at this time.

COVID-19 protective measures, including screening, masking and reducing visitors, remain in place at all Providence Care sites until further notice. Any changes to safety measures will be informed by local and provincial data, and in consultation with our infection prevention and control team, according to the release.

Visit providencecare.ca for up-to-date information on visiting protocols and current protective measures in place. 

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