COVID-19 Information and Updates

 

Because we are not out of the pandemic yet, KHSC continue to maintain key infection control precautions.  We have a duty to provide acute, often lifesaving care for vulnerable patients in our region, which means we must continue to practice extreme caution against COVID-19 within our hospital and be ready to respond to new risks as we transition to the next phase of the pandemic.

Current COVID-19 statistics and outbreak information

COVID-19 statistics for Kingston Health Sciences Centre are updated weekdays at 10 a.m.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

We book PCR testing appointments for those who meet specific eligibility criteria.  The list of eligible individuals can be found HERE, along with contact information if you have questions about your eligibility or about booking a testing appointment if you are eligible. Over the summer, the Assessment Centre will be closed on weekends.  However, PCR testing can be accessed through local pharmacies. Participating pharmacies can be found HERE.

To pre-screen online for an outpatient appointment, click here.

NOTE:  This mobile screening must be completed a maximum of 4 hours before your appointment.  With the exception of Caregivers for children, this mobile screening tool is for patients only.. Available in English and French, the tool only takes a few minutes to complete.  You will receive an email with confirmation. Please bring it (printed or on a mobile device) and your appointment slip to the hospital.  Present the form to screening staff for validation and then proceed directly to your appointment.

Visitor and Family Presence Restrictions

Please check this page for the most current information about family presence for both inpatients and outpatients. Remember that we offer enhanced electronic options for Staying Connected with loved ones during this time. We thank our patients and their families for your help in keeping our hospital and community safe from COVID-19.

Accessing our hospital sites

Patients and Visitors/Caregivers must use the main entrances at the HDH site and KGH sites.
Affiliates (includes volunteers, researchers, learners, contractors, service providers, vendors):  click here for important information.

Screening at KHSC

Be prepared to answer questions about symptoms when you come to our hospitals.

Required use of hospital-issued procedure masks

KHSC has a mandatory masking policy at this time. Masking is a critical safety measure in our high-risk environment where we care for vulnerable and frail patients.  We continue to be guided by our infection control experts about the safe and appropriate time to revise our COVID-19 safety practices, including masking.

  • Admitted patients:  Must wear a hospital-issued mask when staff enter their space if the patient is on contact/droplet or contact/aerosol precautions; must wear a mask whenever they leave their room
  • Outpatients:  Must wear a hospital-issued mask throughout the clinic appointment or procedure.
  • Visitors/Caregivers: Must wear a hospital-issued mask throughout their hospital visit, including at the bedside if visiting an admitted patient. Visitors/Caregivers wearing a personal N95 mask have the option of putting a hospital-issued mask over the N95 or wearing a hospital-issued mask only.

Emergency care during COVID-19 pandemic

Emergency and urgent health concerns that are not related to COVID-19 still need to be addressed during the pandemic. It is important that people seek care for problems that could become quite serious or life-threatening if left unattended.  Patients can be reassured that our Urgent Care Centre at the HDH site and Emergency Department at the KGH site are safe places to seek care.

Surgical appointments

Information about self-isolation and screening/testing before your surgery.

Outpatient appointments

Information about what you can expect when you attend a scheduled clinic appointment.

KHSC Union Street Site

On June 30, 2022 KHSC decommissioned its pandemic alternate health facility (“field hospital”) due to the downward trend in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and as the Province ended funding for certain large-scale pandemic management activities.

Ontario's COVID-19 Vaccination Program

In addition to the link above, you may also visit Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health's webpage about COVID-19 vaccines.

How can you help?

Donate PPE, supplies, or make a financial donation to support the hospitals.

Learn from our experts

Informative and myth-busting videos from our infectious disease experts about COVID-19.

FAQs

Your frequently asked questions.

Clinical department and program information

Department-specific information about COVID-19 at KHSC.

Ontario Virtual Care Clinic: Connecting to an on-call doctor by video or audio during the COVID-19 pandemic

Patients in Ontario who do not have a primary care physician or are unable to see their own physician are now able to “see” a family physician virtually by visiting www.seethedoctor.ca (using the access code “health”) for non-COVID-19 related health issues such as colds, cough, flu, allergies, women’s health issues, urinary tract infections, rash and medication questions. Patients should first reach out to their own primary care provider if they have one as the virtual service is not intended to replace regular care.  The free Ontario Virtual Care Clinic is available daily 8 a.m. to midnight. If you have an urgent concern or emergency, call 911. French language services are available 4 to 8 p.m. 7 days a week.