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COVID-19 outbreak declared at clinical service within KHSC

Update (Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 at 3:48 p.m.): According to Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), the outbreak at one of its clinical services is “within a team that crosses multiple sites.”

“It is not a location specific outbreak,” KHSC said in an email.

“We cannot share more specifics about the team, because they are quite small, without violating their personal health privacy. However, by this point all KHSC staff are fully vaccinated aside from the small number who have valid exemptions.”

Original article:

After three staff members tested positive for COVID-19, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has declared an outbreak within one of its clinical services.

Main entrance of the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, a Kingston Health Sciences Centre site. Photo via KHSC website.

“Working closely with our partners at KFL&A Public Health, contact tracing has been undertaken and patients are being notified, Infection Prevention and Control measures continue to be in place and the outbreak has been contained at this time. Twenty-four patients, most as a result of outpatient clinic appointments, were deemed to be close contacts of the staff members prior to those staff members testing positive,” KHSC said in a press release on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.

“Any impacted patients are being notified by KFLA Public Health to monitor for symptoms. If you are a patient of KHSC and have not been contacted by KFL&A Public Health, you are not at risk as a result of this outbreak,” the press release continued.

“The staff members are now at home and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

According to KHSC, all of its clinical services are continuing to operate normally, including the “individual service” impacted by the outbreak.

“Keeping our staff and patients safe is the top priority at KHSC. While our workforce is vaccinated, infections can, on occasion, occur in individuals who are fully vaccinated. We know that high vaccination rates amongst health-care staff limits further spread of hospital-based outbreaks, while contributing to the reduction of more serious outcomes,” KHSC said.

“Our continued adherence to additional public health measures such as universal masking, hand washing and physical distancing remain vital to our fight against COVID-19. We continue to be grateful to our staff and members of the public for doing their part to keep the hospital, and everyone in it, safe from COVID-19 as the prevalence continues to grow in our community.”

KHSC recommends any members of the public who have symptoms of COVID-19 or concerns that they may have contracted the virus seek testing at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Beechgrove Complex. Appointments can be booked online at https://ygkcovidtesting.coconutcalendar.com/.

For the most up to date data on COVID-19 in the KFL&A region updated daily, visit the Kingstonist COVID-19 guide.

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