KHSC declares COVID-19 outbreak on Connell 9

Kingston General Hospital main entrance off of Stuart Street. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at its Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site after four patients tested positive for COVID-19.

KHSC made the announcement just after 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan 21, 2022, noting that the outbreak is on the Connell 9 unit of KGH. The Connell 9 unit is home to Internal Medicine and will remain in outbreak status until further notice. The Connell 3 and Davies 5 units remain in outbreak status with no admissions or visitors to any of the three units at this time, according to a press release from KHSC.

“KFL&A Public Health has been notified, and KHSC is in the process of notifying patients, visitors and staff affected by the outbreak,” the local healthcare agency said in the release on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. “Meanwhile KHSC is in the process of completing the necessary contact tracing and testing for individuals on the unit.”

“KHSC’s top priority is the safety of our patients, healthcare workers and community,” the release continued. “As we continue to see high-levels of community spread of COVID-19, KHSC thanks everyone for helping to prevent the spread of the virus within the hospital, including adherence to our screening processes, masking requirements, and visitor restrictions.”

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