Providence Care shares changes to COVID-19 practices

Providence Care Hospital. Kingstonist file image.

Providence Care is making changes to their COVID-19 practices, and have provided the following details. The organization said that they are continuing to evolve their pandemic response “in a manner that balances ease of access and patient, client, resident, family, and staff safety.”

Providence Care oversees the operations of Providence Care Hospital, Providence Transitional Care Centre, Providence Manor long-term care home, Hospice Kingston, and more than 20 community-based mental health and support services across the region. In a media release dated Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, Providence Care said that these changes will come into effect on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.:

Self-Screening: All patients, clients and visitors to Providence Care Hospital (PCH), Providence Transitional Care Centre (PTCC) and Community sites will be expected to self-screen for symptoms of infectious illness (e.g. fever, cough, chills, sore throat) consistent with signage posted at main entrances. Active screening – where those entering are asked questions about their health or possible exposure to COVID-19 – will be discontinued. Active Access Control Screeners will remain at Providence Manor as per a Ministry of Long-Term Care directive.

All patients, clients and visitors entering must sanitize their hands and put on a hospital-issued mask. Masks must be worn at all times.

Outpatients who have any symptoms of infectious illness will be asked to report them to the registration staff prior to arriving at their clinic.

Visitors who have symptoms of infectious illness will not be permitted entry.

COVID-19 Communications: Providence Care is changing the way they report COVID-19 data to the public. Members of the public and media who are looking to find up-to-date information related to COVID-19 outbreaks and numbers of positive patients, clients, residents and staff should visit

According to the release, Providence Care will be carefully monitoring the impact of the above changes as they are implemented. The organization said that they continue to review safety measures on an ongoing basis to ensure our staff and the people they serve stay protected.

Currently, there are two outbreaks at Providence Care sites, both at Providence Manor. Montreal 5 is in outbreak with five resident cases of COVID-19 on the unit, and Montreal 3 has 25 resident cases and one staff case, the organization reported on their website.

According to the organization, the following protective measures will remain in place at Providence Care sites:

  • Reduced visiting: With guidance from their infection prevention and control team, they will determine when and how to safely bring more people into their sites. With long-term care, hospital and transitional care, and community services falling in different sectors, certain protective measures like reduced visiting may differ at each site.
  • Masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing: Anyone entering Providence Care sites must continue to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and any additional PPE as directed by staff, at all times. Individuals must also continue to practice physical distancing and vigilant hand hygiene.

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