Update: Outbreak over – COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kingston General Hospital

Kingston General Hospital, a KHSC site. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Update (Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021):
According to Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), the COVID-19 outbreak at the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) Davies 3 Unit, declared on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, has now ended.

“The Outbreak Management Team at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), in consultation with KFL&A Public Health, has declared an end to the COVID-19 outbreak on the Davies 3 unit of the Kingston General Hospital site,” KHSC said in a press release on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

“The unit is now open to new admissions and registered family visitors.”

According to KHSC, the Davies 3 outbreak involved two patients who tested positive for COVID-19.

“Patients, staff and registered family visitors for inpatients must continue to follow public health protocols, including physical distancing, masking and hand-washing. Registered family visitors continue to be required to be fully vaccinated to enter the hospital,” KHSC said.

While this outbreak within KHSC’s sites is now over, outbreak protocols remain in place on the Kidd 3 Unit within KGH, and within one of KHSC’s clinical services – a team of healthcare providers that travel between different KHSC sites – both of which have declared COVID-19 outbreaks within the past week.

Original article:

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Davies 3 Unit at its Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site as of Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

According to a press release from KHSC, two patients in the unit have tested positive for COVID-19, and the unit is now under quarantine and closed to admissions and visitors. KFL&A Public Health has been notified, KHSC said. The Davies 3 is normally used as a cardiac care unit.

“KHSC, in collaboration with Public Health, is in the process of notifying all patients, visitors, families and staff affected by the outbreak,” the organization stated in the release.

“The hospital’s infection prevention and control and occupational health teams are completing the necessary contact tracing and swabbing for individuals on the affected unit. Patients who have been discharged from the unit and who are deemed at risk to exposure, along with visitors, are being contacted by Public Health and will be followed closely in the community.”

KHSC said patient care services continue as normal.

“Our top priority is the safety of our patients, health-care workers and community. As we continue to see community spread of COVID-19, KHSC remains vigilant and thanks everyone for working hard to prevent the spread of the virus, including adherence to our screening processes, masking requirements and visitor restrictions.”

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

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