Kingston, ON – The Kingston Health Science Centre (KHSC) has announced that new restrictions will be implemented amid increasing COVID-19 cases in the region. Beginning November 15th, KHSC will be asking families to reduce the number of visitors for the remainder of the weekend where possible.
“In order to protect our patients, as well as our ability to care for the sickest individuals across the region, we must reduce the number of people who are accessing our hospital sites,” says acting COVID-19 Incident Commander Theresa MacBeth. “Not only is there an increased risk due to growing COVID cases in our community, but we have also seen an increase in the number of patients being admitted to hospital as a result of COVID-19.”
In the meantime, other friends and family members outside of the one registered visitor are asked to use technologies to keep in touch with their loved ones.
“We understand that any reduction in the number of visitors is distressing for our patients and that visitors play a vital role in providing comfort and support to their loved ones,” says MacBeth. “But, we must also ensure we are protecting our ability to provide highly specialized acute care to the more than 500,000 people in our region that rely on our services. This change is needed to protect our staff and patients as the current situation rapidly evolves in our community.”
KHSC says that in the last few weeks, they’ve seen unprecedented non-COVID patient volumes in both the Emergency Department at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Urgent Care Centre at Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH). Inpatient units are also now nearing capacity and KHSC is working with our partners across the region to transfer patients who no longer need the highly specialized care provided at the KGH site.
KHSC will continue to monitor this situation closely, and will provide further updates when available. For more information on KHSC’s visitor and family presence restrictions, visit our website.