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COVID-19 data reporting, current outbreaks, Homecoming, and flu shots: Dr. Guan’s final update to the KFL&A community

Dr. Hugh Guan, Acting Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, provided his final regular COVID-19 update to the local media on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. “This will be my last COVID-19 update in the acting MOH role, I believe. Next week, Dr.

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Long-term care homes in Napanee, Bancroft to receive over $1 million

The John M. Parrott Centre in Greater Napanee will receive nearly $50,000 in funding through the government to upgrade the long-term care home. The funding was announced by Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings – Lennox and Addington, on Friday, Apr. 16, 2021, and was part of a larger investment in

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Ontario announces local long-term care home investment of $1.8 million

Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 that the Ontario Government is investing $1,809,500 to increase COVID-19 prevention and containment efforts in long-term care (LTC) homes, in both his, and the adjacent riding of Kingston and the Islands. “We are all well aware of the

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Kingston reacts to Ford government’s planned removal of ranked ballots

Kingstonians have reacted strongly to the provincial government’s planned change to the Municipal Elections Act, which would effectively nullify the results of Kingston’s recent referendum on ranked ballot voting. In Kingston’s 2018 municipal election, Kingstonians voted in favour of the use of ranked ballots for the next municipal election. The

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KFL&A public health reports three COVID-19 offences in August

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) public health is continuing to monitor local establishments for compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures. In the month of August, only two personal service establishments received tickets. This is a significant drop compared to earlier in summer, when nine different nail salons were ticketed between

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New OHC report reveals worsening situation in Long Term Care

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) released a sobering report on Wednesday, Jul. 22 revealing systemic staffing shortages in Long Term Care (LTC) homes. The survey took place during the week of Jul. 10 to 17, 2020 in every region in Ontario. Ninety-five percent of respondents indicated their LTC homes were

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Letter: Culture change in long-term care – An opportunity

The following is a letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. The tragic loss of life in long term care homes due to COVID-19 has exposed many of the problems that have plagued Ontario’s Long-Term Care Home system for

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Long-term care home testing finds no new cases of COVID-19 in KFL&A

The long-term care home COVID-19 surveillance testing in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region is now complete, according to KFL&A Public Health. Public Health announced targeted COVID-19 surveillance testing for all residents and staff in the 12 long-term care homes in the region on Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2020.

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Surveillance testing taking place at long-term care homes in KFL&A

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health is working with the long-term care homes in the region to assist surveillance testing at those facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after the recently-released Ontario Ministry of Health’s enhanced testing guidelines, meant to help protect the vulnerable populations living in

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Providence Care announces end of COVID-19 quarantines and outbreaks

All Providence Care COVID-19-related quarantines and outbreaks have officially come to an end with no additional spread. Providence Care announced on Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2020 that no further staff, patient, client or resident has tested positive for the virus since two Providence Care Hospital staff members tested positive at the

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