Kingston, ON – November 22, 2021 – The Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in 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 testing and contact tracing for individuals in the affected unit. Patients who have been discharged from the unit and are deemed at risk of exposure, along with visitors, will be contacted by KFL & A Public Health and closely followed in the community.
While KHSC has announced two outbreaks in the past week, most of the cases involved have originated in the community and have been identified at the hospital due to evaluation by patients and staff.
Our top priority is the safety of our patients, healthcare workers, and the community. As we continue to see the community spread of COVID-19, KHSC remains vigilant and thanks everyone for working hard to prevent the spread of the virus, including adhering to our screening processes, masking requirements, and visitor restrictions.
Members of the public showing symptoms of COVID-19 or concerned that they may have been exposed to the virus can seek evidence at the COVID-19 Assessment Center (Beechgrove Complex). Appointments can be booked online at https://ygkcovidtesting.coconutcalendar.com/ or by calling 613-548-2376.