UPDATE: Outbreak over – KHSC declares COVID-19 outbreak on Kidd 6

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

UPDATE (Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022):

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 Kidd 6 unit of the Kingston General Hospital site. According to a release from KHSC the unit is now open to new admissions and registered family visitors.

Patients, staff and registered family visitors for inpatients must continue to follow public health protocols, including physical distancing, masking and hand-washing, KHSC stated. Registered family visitors, approved by the clinical care team, continue to be required to be fully vaccinated to enter the hospital.

Meanwhile, outbreak protocols remain in place on Davies 5 and Connell 3. KHSC will continue to provide further updates as they become available.

Original article:

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Kidd 6 unit of the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site after two patients tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, Kidd 6 and Davies 5 (also in outbreak, as previously reported) are now closed to admissions, until further notice.

“KFL&A Public Health has been notified, and KHSC is in the process of notifying patients, visitors and staff affected by the outbreak,” KHSC said in a press release. “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, health-care workers and community,” KHSC said in the release. “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.”

KHSC reminds individuals experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms to self-isolate, while individuals with more severe COVID-19 symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should visit the Urgent Care Centre at Hotel Dieu Hospital or the Emergency Department at Kingston General Hospital.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, KHSC reported a total of 20 COVID-positive patients being treated in its facilities, with 14 of those in Acute Care and 6 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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