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‘Go back to the basics’: KFL&A MOH implores community as COVID-19 cases reach all-time high

The message still remains true: the best way to control this outbreak is to go get immunized.” Dr. Piotr Oglaza With COVID-19 cases in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) reaching an unprecedented all-time high of 220 active cases, 16 hospitalizations and a total of seven deaths (since the pandemic

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KFL&A Public Health issues letter of instruction for youth indoor sports safety

One day after vaccine appointments became available to book for children between the ages of five and 11, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health issued a Letter of Instruction pursuant to Section 2 (2.1) of Schedule 1 of Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3

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Section 22 Order to remain in effect despite J.A.K.K. Tuesdays owner’s day in court

J.A.K.K. Tuesdays Sports Pub owner, Kelly Thompson Hale, made his second appearance in court Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. This time, Hale argued that a Section 22 Order for violation of the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) made under the Health Protection and Promotion Act should be overturned. Justice Graeme Mew, of

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40 KHSC employees remain on unpaid indefinite leave

Over six weeks after 136 Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) employees were placed on unpaid leave after refusing to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, just under 30 per cent of those employees remain on unpaid leave. Over 50 of the employees initially placed on leave on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

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Tribunal extends J.A.K.K. Tuesdays interim licence suspension

The Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) has denied an appeal and decided to extend J.A.K.K. Tuesdays’ interim liquor licence suspension pending its possible permanent revocation. J.A.K.K. Tuesdays’ owner, Kelly Hale, had appealed the suspension after the licence was initially suspended on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 for the establishment’s continued non-compliance with

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New MOH, Dr. Oglaza, shares vision for Public Health in KFL&A

New Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, in his first press conference in the role, explained his approach and vision Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.  “A big part that draws me to Public Health is that Public Health involves looking at

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Napanee business owner publicly explains conflict with vaccine mandate

A Napanee business owner who posted what he considered a well-intentioned video to Facebook about why he wouldn’t turn away unvaccinated people has had a change of mind due to pressure from his landlord and KFL&A Public Health. Jay Bradley, President of Disco Ball Events Rollerskating, initially posted the video

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Over 50 KHSC staff placed on unpaid, indefinite leave

After enforcing its COVID-19 vaccination policy resulted in 136 staff members placed on unpaid leave from Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), 59 of those individuals have now been placed on an indefinite unpaid leave. KHSC originally placed the staff members who would not provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a

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Dr. Guan: proof of vaccination required for officials of indoor organized sports

Dr. Hugh Guan, Acting Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health issued a Letter of Instruction on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, stating that volunteers, coaches, and officials participating or associated with indoor organized sports and recreation activities will require proof of vaccination. The letter is pursuant to Section 2

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Unmasked people flood Kingston dance floor violating COVID-19 protocols

Dozens of people filled the dance floor at The Spot nightclub in downtown Kingston the night of Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in violation of at least one COVID-19 government mandate, and possibly a second. The incident, which prompted a source who preferred to remain anonymous to record the happenings, was

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Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for all KHSC visitors

All individuals visiting inpatients at Kingston General Hospital or Hotel Dieu Hospital will soon be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Kingston Health Science Centre (KHSC) said this new policy is part of their continued effort to protect patients, families and staff, and that the policy will go

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Kingston Potters Guild embraces the spirit of ‘GIVING’ for upcoming event

This year’s Kingston Potters Guild Christmas Show and Sale, one of Kingston’s long-standing traditions, is happening November 25–28, 2021, at the Tett Centre Malting Tower (on the third floor). Previously, the art show was scheduled in June, but due to the reopening restrictions in the province, the organizers had to

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