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Public Health encourages construction workers to be tested for COVID-19

KFL&A Public Health.

The following is a message from KFL&A Public Health recommending construction workers get tested for COVID-19, even if asymptomatic. This comes after a significant COVID-19 outbreak at a Pomerleau construction site at the corner of Princess Street and Midland Avenue.

Last week with a rise in cases (an outbreak) associated with construction workers, KFL&A Public Health has implemented a surveillance testing initiative beginning Tuesday, May 11. Construction workers in KFL&A are recommended to get asymptomatic testing done once every two weeks at the assessment centre in Kingston. This initiative will be a temporary measure put in place while the region continues to report high levels of COVID-19 activity, especially variants of concern that have a higher transmission rate. As of Monday, May 10, 2021, a total of 76 primary and secondary COVID-19 cases have been linked to the outbreak.

The community assessment centre in Kingston will extend hours of operation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. to accommodate these workers.  A separate booking link has been created for construction workers to book their appointments. This assessment centre is located at the Beechgrove Complex at 51 Heakes Lane (just south of the King Street West/ Portsmouth Avenue intersection.) 

The continued efforts of individuals and families to follow the public health measures will help lower cases and help our community stay safe until vaccines are available to all.

  • Stay home
  • Limit trips outside your home to necessities
  • Limit your close contact to those in your household
  • Stay local and avoid travel outside the KFL&A region
  • Stay 2 metres apart from others outside your household
  • Wear face coverings and proper personal protective equipment when unable to physically distance whether indoors and outdoors
  • Work from home, if possible
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Please continue to follow public health measures after vaccinations too. It will take some time before everyone is vaccinated.

For the most up to date information visit www.Kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario.

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