KHSC eases pandemic control measures at hospital sites – Kingston News

Kingston General Hospital. Photo by Josie Vallier/Kingstonist.

Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC) released a statement today, Thursday, September 8, 2022, noting that it is “cautiously” easing pandemic control measures as “key public health indicators and health care system continue to remain stable in our community and across the region.”

“As of Monday, September 12, 2022, KHSC will no longer ask visitors for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or require them to take a rapid antigen test if they are unvaccinated,” the official said. hospital organization. “Special high-risk areas of the hospital can continue to support access to rapid antigen testing to protect vulnerable patient populations; this information will be communicated to the visitors concerned.

According to the statement, the decision to remove the requirement for vaccinations and/or rapid antigen testing for visitors is backed by science and was made in consultation with KHSC infection prevention and control experts, doctors, the staff and the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council. Our region currently has a COVID-19 vaccination rate of over 90% for age groups over 12, and many others have been infected with COVID-19, which also confers immunity, a explained the KHSC, noting that they will retain screening at the door for anyone with symptoms of an infectious disease.

The KHSC said the following security measures will also remain firmly in place:

  • All visitors should wear a hospital-issued mask, practice hand hygiene and, where possible, physical distancing.
  • Admitted patients must continue to register their visitors: three in total, including two at the bedside at a time.
  • Hospital policy still requires staff, physicians, and contractors/suppliers to be fully immunized against COVID-19.

The hospital organization continues to encourage all individuals to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, and also to stay home when sick or symptomatic with COVID-19 or other viruses circulating during respiratory disease season.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have carefully considered what changes to our COVID-19 policies can safely occur and when,” said KHSC President and CEO Dr. David Pichora. “This effort will not let up as we open up a little more to facilitate access for patients and families; however, we are prepared to reinstate control measures if and when necessary. »