On October 3rd, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) declared a COVID-19 outbreak on the Connell 10 unit at its Kingston General Hospital site. Currently, there are three COVID positive patients in the unit. Visitor restrictions are in place and only essential visitors are permitted on the unit at this time.
KFL&A Public Health has been notified, and KHSC is notifying patients, visitors and staff affected by the outbreak. KHSC is also completing the necessary contact tracing and testing for individuals on the unit.
Another COVID-19 outbreak continues on Kidd 7 at the KGH site.
“KHSC’s top priority is the safety of our patients, health-care workers and community. As we continue to see community spread of COVID-19, KHSC thanks everyone for helping to prevent the spread of the virus within the hospital, including adherence to our screening processes, masking requirements and visitor restrictions,” wrote KHSC in a release.
The outbreak comes as KHSC warns of a wave emerging in Southeastern Ontario. Nineteen people are currently in hospital in the Kingston, Ont. This level hasn’t seen since the Omicron wave in January. As a result of the wave, staff increasingly been reporting staff shortages.
Just three days ago, KHSC told media that 54 staff are off work with COVID-19, with 17 more staff awaiting test results.