The local COVID-19 Assessment Centre is relocating from the Hotel Dieu Hospital site to the Kingston Memorial Centre, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health announced today.
The move is in partnership with Primary Health Care, Frontenac Paramedic Services, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, and the City of Kingston, and the newly-located assessment centre will begin taking patients on Saturday, Mar. 21, 2020. The assessment centre is set up to assess returning travellers, as well as local residents who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
“The HDH site was the best choice to get an assessment centre up and running quickly in our community,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “However, with the influx of travellers returning to Canada and more community residents requiring assessment and testing, we now require a larger facility to accommodate our communities’ needs.”
The new COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Memorial Centre will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the site will accommodate large numbers of people, while still providing enough space to avoid close contact with each other. Depending on the spread of the virus in the community, additional COVID-19 assessment centre locations and expanded hours of operation will take place to help meet the local assessment needs, KFL&A Public Health said in a press release, noting that not everyone who attends the assessment centre will be tested. Kingstonist previously spoke with Dr. Azim Kasmani about who should visit the assessment centre and why people might not be tested there.
The Kingston Memorial Centre is located at 303 York Street. For more information on COVID-19 and the local response to the virus, including important resources and infroamtion about closures and cancellations, click here.