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First COVID-19 vaccine dose completed for KFL&A retirement home residents

On Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021, KFL&A Public Health, along with community partners, completed administering first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 653 residents at 12 retirement homes in KFL&A. “With over 50,000 vaccinations administered in the region, we are all proud to have helped to protect KFL&A’s most vulnerable adults from

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Update: COVID-19 outbreak at John M. Parrott Centre

Update (Monday, Mar. 29, 2021) No new COVID-19 cases detected at John M. Parrott Centre during outbreak Zero new cases of COVID-19 have been detected among staff, residents, or families connected to the John M. Parrott Centre since the facility declared an outbreak, according to the County of Lennox and

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First COVID-19 mass immunization clinic opens in Kingston

On Monday, Mar. 1, 2021, members of the media toured the recently set up COVID-19 mass immunization clinic at the INVISTA Centre just hours before the clinic opened to the public for the first time. Mayor Bryan Paterson and Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox

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Dr. Moore explains discrepancies in vaccination rollout between regions

As we stay at home, watching the Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plans roll out, many in the KFL&A region are wondering why other Public Health regions in the province seem to be ahead of us. Indeed, some Ontario Health Units are taking bookings for vaccinations, while KFL&A awaits more doses of

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KHSC, KFL&A Public Health mitigate uncertainty in vaccine supply

Kingston Health Sciences Centre has confirmed that, as of Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, the first 1,900 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to arrive in the region have been administered. As per provincial guidelines, KHSC gave the vaccines to individuals in the first priority group in long-term care and high-risk retirement

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L&A Council praises volunteers and staff of the John M. Parrott Centre

The Lennox and Addington County Council commended the Chair of the John M. Parrott Centre Family Council, Gwen Babcock, at their virtual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  The John M. Parrott Centre (JMPC) is a long term care home located in Napanee, which offers short and long term beds,

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Leading doctors answer questions about Kingston’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Following an announcement that Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) had administered its first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, Kingstonist spoke with KHSC President & CEO Dr. David Pichora for more information on what to expect. Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, also

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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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‘Wipe out C. difficile’ project wins Awesome Kingston November grant

Every month, Awesome Kingston gives away a $1000 micro-grant to a local project pitched by its creator. These days the pitch party is happening virtually, but the outcome is still the same. No-strings-attached money is given to the winner to help them develop the projects that Awesome Kingston thinks will

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Artist Marney McDiarmid brightens outlook with public art installations

Kingston residents may have seen beautiful large-scale chalk drawings on windows in the area. Local artist Marney McDiarmid has been creating public art installations of tropical flora and fauna related to her research of endemic plants in Hawaii, which was cut short by the pandemic. Her Hawaiian trip, funded by

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Petition calls for expanded Caregiver rights, in pandemic and beyond

An advocacy group made up of researchers, physicians, caregivers and other partners have launched a campaign targeting hospitals and long-term care facilities. Caregivers4Change released a Declaration of Family Caregiver Rights and Responsibilities on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, as well as a petition requesting its formal adoption. “I really hope that

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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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