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COVID-19 outbreak declared Rideaucrest long-term care home

The Rideaucrest Long-term Care Facility on Rideau Street in Kingston. Photo by Penny Cadue.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Rideaucrest Home, a long-term care home in downtown Kingston.

The outbreak was officially declared on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, and there are currently two active cases of the virus associated with the outbreak – one of a staff member at the facility, and another among an unspecified population.

On the same day, 291 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the KFL&A Public Health region, with 198 of those cases being in the City of Kingston. Public Health reported a 12.2 per cent positivity rate for those tested in the region across the past seven days, during which 1,337 new cases have been reported locally.

Currently, there are 26 COVID-19 outbreaks in the region with 151 active cases of the virus between them. Two of those outbreaks, apart from the one at Rideaucrest Home, are within long-term care facilities – the outbreak at Extendicare Kingston on Queen Mary Road, which began on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 and currently has one active case involved, and an outbreak at Arbour Heights Long Term Care Home on Tanner Drive, which began on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 and currently has two active cases involved.

Rideaucrest Home is “City-owned, non-profit long-term care facility,” with 170 single resident rooms, according to the City of Kingston.

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