Third COVID-19 outbreak declared within a week at Kingston General Hospital

Kingston General Hospital (KGH) in the fall of 2022. Photo by Phillip Stafford/Kingstonist.

Two days after two outbreaks of COVID-19 were declared within Kingston General Hospital (KGH), a third outbreak has been declared at the hospital.

On Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), the administrative body that oversees the operations of KGH, declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Connell 10 unit. This comes after outbreaks were declared on the Connell 3 and Davies 5 units on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

“Three patients are associated with the outbreak, and the unit is closed to all but essential visitors (those with a loved one who is critically ill or nearing end of life),” KHSC said in a press release.

According to KHSC, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has been notified of the outbreak.

“KHSC is in the process of notifying patients, visitors and staff affected by the outbreak,” the organization said.

“KHSC is also completing the necessary contact tracing and testing for individuals on the unit.”

Both the Connell 3 and Davies 5 units remain “on outbreak status,” the organization confirmed.

“KHSC’s top priority is the safety of our patients, health-care workers and community. As we continue to see 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,” the press release stated.

For more information on KHSC and COVID-19 policies and restrictions, visit the KHSC website.

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