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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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What you need to know about COVID-19 antibody tests

A COVID-19 antibody test is now generally available to Kingston residents, with a doctor’s requisition. The medical laboratory chain Life Labs began offering the Health Canada approved serology test on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Currently available in British Columbia and Ontario, the test costs $75. However, internal medical expert Dr.

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Update: Two healthcare workers at KHSC test positive for COVID-19

Update (Friday, Nov. 27, 2020): Today, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) confirmed another case of COVID-19 amongst its staff. KHSC referred to the cases as “community-acquired transmission,” and said that both healthcare workers are from Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and are recovering at home while self-isolating. “Four other staff members

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COVID-19 testing system operating smoothly, positivity rate low

Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, says that COVID-19 testing capacity and turnaround time have improved both locally and across the province since the start of October. “The wait time is down to 20 minutes at our booked appointment site. That’s brilliant,” Dr. Moore said. “I think the

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Masking, other measures to be ‘community standard’ for coming year

As the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region moves into Stage Three of the Provincial Framework for Reopening, Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for the region, offered up some information and advice for local residents. Moore hosted a press conference online on Friday, Jul. 17,

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Infectious disease doctor offers advice as Kingston moves into Stage 3

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) is moving into Stage three of the Provincial Framework for Reopening on Friday, Jul. 17, 2020, giving Kingstonians more choices about where to go and how to behave during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City confirmed Wednesday, Jul. 15 that parents will be able to

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Some COVID-19 reporting ‘so wrong it’s ridiculous,’ says local expert

Dr. Gerald Evans, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), says he is keeping a close eye on the abundance of misinformation and bad science circulating during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Before COVID-19, we were having a real problem with information in general. Good, solid,

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KHSC doctor clarifies hospital masking policy

A doctor from Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has stepped forward to explain the hospital’s universal masking policy for patients, visitors and most hospital staff, announced last Friday, Jun. 12, 2020. Dr. Gerald Evans, the medical director for infection prevention and control at KHSC, said hospital staff have heard many

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KHSC patients, visitors, staff to wear masks beginning next week

Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is asking all incoming patients, visitors and most staff to wear masks at the hospital starting Monday, Jun. 15, 2020.  “Anyone coming to KHSC for an outpatient clinic, procedure appointment or to visit will be required to wear a mask or face covering while on

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Queen’s University to host panel discussion on coronavirus

Queen’s University is hosting a panel discussion on the new coronavirus — known as the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, or the Wuhan coronavirus — and inviting the public to attend. The panel discussion will feature four of the university’s leading experts on the subject matter, and is entitled ‘The Wuhan Coronavirus:

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