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MOH sees a ‘silver lining’ despite return to yellow level COVID guidelines

Despite the region returning to the yellow ‘protect’ level under Ontario’s COVID-19 guidelines, Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health (KFL&APH ) said though Covid 19 numbers are on the rise, they are really at the “best-case scenario,” both locally and

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COVID-19 case detected on Megabus trip from Toronto to Kingston

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has confirmed that a passenger on a recent Megabus trip destined for Kingston has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the local Health Unit, the affected trip was along the route between Pearson International Airport and Kingston, and KFL&A Public Health is

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Dr. Guan: Covid’s fourth wave has begun, get the vaccine

The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has begun in the region and vaccination is the best protection you can have — These were two of the main takeaways from a press call with Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A)

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Local hospitals preparing for surge in pediatric patients

As children return to school for the fall term, hospitals within Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) are ramping up training for pediatric nursing due to an expected increase in pediatric patients. According to KHSC, Registered Nurses at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) who generally work with

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LDSB ‘well positioned’ to open schools safely

As a community, we must do our utmost to ensure our schools remain safe and open.” — Krisha Burra, LDSB Director of Education *CORRECTION: This article states that “Patty Gollogly, Associate Superintendent of Education, said KFL&A Public Health reported 76 per cent of eligible students have had the first dose

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Province announces mandatory vaccination policies, third doses for vulnerable populations

High-risk settings will need to enforce mandatory vaccination policies, and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be made available for those at the highest risk due to the virus, according to the Province of Ontario. The announcement, made by Kingston’s own Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for

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Lyme disease: as cases rise, author details prevention, diagnosis and treatment

Cases of Lyme disease have grown exponentially in Ontario in the last decade, especially in the Kingston and Thousand Islands region. In 2010, only 88 cases were reported in all of Ontario, but that increased to 1159 reported cases in 2019 (the last year for which data is available), with 285

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KFL&A Public Health: Act now to get vaccinated for back to school

Now is the time to get your first dose in order to be fully vaccinated in time for back to school in September, says Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health.  With a 21 day wait period between first

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Dr.Guan to KFL&A: Keep getting vaccinated, it’s working

Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health provided a positive COVID-19 update for the week of Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021. “I have some good news for this week,” he said. “There have been no new cases today, and for

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Recent KFL&A COVID-19 cases and deaths connected to KGH outbreak

All current known active cases of COVID-19 in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region are connected to the outbreak within Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). According to Dr. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health, all nine of the current COVID-19 cases locally can

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Letter: My volunteer experience at a KFL&A COVID-19 assessment centre

Editorial note: The following is a letter to the editor from a reader expressing her personal experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. In April 2020, I began by delivering meals for VON. I also accepted a position as

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Queen’s University removes COVID-19 case tracker as website adapted

On Thursday, Jul. 8, 2021, Queen’s University announced their plans to move back to in-person classes and activities on campus through the announcement of a new website outlining the University’s “Reopening Framework.” Notably missing from the new website, which is designed to ease the return of in-person, on-campus activities, is

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