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Providence Care activating more beds to ease pandemic stress on hospitals

A local hospital is adding 23 beds to help relieve pandemic-related pressures as COVID-19 cases rise at an alarming rate. The beds come from an April 2020 initiative that saw Providence Care Hospital convert many clinical and non-clinical spaces, making way for 200 new beds in areas such as consult

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Second COVID-19 death in KFL&A amid highest active case count

The KFL&A region has recorded its second COVID-19 death as Ontario enters the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the region itself enters uncharted territory. The most recent local death as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is a woman in her 80s who, according to public health

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Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home shares statement on COVID-19 cases

Arbor Memorial has confirmed that three staff members at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes – Township Chapel have tested positive for COVID-19. According to a statement on Arbor Memorial’s website, the employees have been sent home and are now in quarantine. “We take this matter extremely seriously. We have

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KFL&A Public Health provides Community COVID-19 Update

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, provided a COVID-19 community update for members of the press Thursday afternoon, to share the latest details of the region’s pandemic response. Current caseload There were no new cases to report on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, with one person recovered and a

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KHSC ‘maximizing readiness,’ will accommodate out-of-town patients

The CEO of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), Dr. David Pichora, has confirmed that Kingston hospitals are preparing to receive transfers of out-of-town patients, part of a coordinated provincial effort to manage hospital capacity as COVID-19 case numbers rise.  “We’ve been talking about it with the Ministry since last summer.

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Local COVID-19 update from KFL&A Public Health

The number of confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region has held steady around 45 for the past seven days, while testing levels remained strong through the holidays. This is down from a record high of 112 confirmed active cases on

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Dr. Evans weighs in on COVID-19 genetic variant under investigation

A new genetic variant of COVID-19 surfacing in Britain made headlines earlier this week, with many outlets reporting that it could be 70 per cent more transmissible than the current predominant strain. With the United Kingdom heading into a lockdown and scientists sharing the preliminary facts, the Canadian government announced

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More details on Ontario’s Provincewide Shutdown

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide lockdown to get COVID-19 transmission under control. This article contains comprehensive sector-specific details from the province, but has been abbreviated. Full details can be found here. Lockdown length The lockdown starts on Saturday, Dec. 26 2020. In 27

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Queen’s asks students not to return to campus during lockdown

Queen’s University has asked students to avoid returning to Kingston until after the 28-day provincial lockdown. The Ontario government announced the Provincewide Shutdown on Monday, Dec. 21, which will go into effect as of Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. During this time, Premier Doug Ford is advising all Ontarians to stay

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Dr. Moore’s advice for the upcoming holiday season

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore released a new video this week, telling Kingston, Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) constituents they could be on course for a COVID-19 “disaster.” “We’re in a higher risk environment now,” he said on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. “Our case counts have never

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Dr. Moore provides update on COVID-19 outbreaks, hospitalizations

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore released a status update on several COVID-19 outbreaks in the community on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. “We name these not to lay blame or to shame anyone, but just to let people know the level of activity in the community,” Dr. Moore

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Workplace education and safety awareness campaign comes to KFL&A

The Multi-Ministry Education and Safety Awareness Team, which consists of provincial offences officers from across Ontario, will be visiting the KFL&A region later this month. They will provide business owners with guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act,

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