Kingston, ON – November 22, 2021 – The Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Kidd 3 unit of the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site due to two positive cases of COVID-19. The unit is now under quarantine and closed to admissions and visitors. Patient care services continue as usual in all other areas of our hospital sites.
KFL&A Public Health has been notified, and KHSC in collaboration with Public Health, is in the process of notifying patients, visitors and staff affected by the outbreak.
The hospital’s infection prevention and control and occupational health, safety and wellness teams are completing the necessary contact tracing and testing for individuals on the affected unit. Patients who have been discharged from the unit and who are deemed at risk of exposure, along with visitors, will be contacted by KFL&A Public Health and followed closely in the community.
While KHSC has announced two outbreaks over the last week, most of the cases involved have originated in the community and have been identified in the hospital due to screening of patients and staff.
Our top priority is the safety of our patients, health-care workers and community. As we continue to see community spread of COVID-19, KHSC remains vigilant and thanks everyone for working hard to prevent the spread of the virus, including adherence to our screening processes, masking requirements and visitor restrictions.
Members of the public who have symptoms of COVID-19 or concerns that they may have been exposed to the virus can seek testing at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Beechgrove Complex). Appointments can be booked online at https://ygkcovidtesting.coconutcalendar.com/ or by calling 613-548-2376.