I hope that everyone is enjoying the milder weather we seem to be having this winter and remaining in good health. As we settle in to a new year I wanted to provide another update for you.
Things continue to look good in our region with a steady downward trend in new and active cases. Total active in our region now at 19 in KFLA, 28 in HPE, 22 in LGL for a total of 69 in the region. January 7 was the peak at 128 total and likely due to holiday gatherings.
Ontario has a total of 2,998 new cases for a seven-day average of 3,452. Total active cases are at 28,825 of whom 1647 are in hospital, 400 in ICUs and at least 280 of them using ventilators.
KHSC vaccine distribution to date has been a great success story. The first allocation of doses arrived at KGH site on Tuesday at approximately 10:30 a.m., and at 2:30 p.m. the first SE Ontario dose was administered to an Extendicare nurse. KHSC successfully completed its pilot run of 75 LTC workers ahead of schedule later that afternoon. Wednesday it ramped up to over 200 LTC staff, finishing ahead of schedule. Friday, public health (PH) nurses from KFLA PH, HPE PH and LGL PH have been trained by KHSC. On Sunday there was pilot run of the mobile strategy to Long-term care facilities in all three regions and 276 people were vaccinated. By the end of today, KHSC will have vaccinated 1,956 people. Main challenge will be receiving enough doses to vaccinate all LTC and retirement home staff and residents by the goal date. We can all be proud of how well KHSC has been able to roll this out.
All hospitals in Ontario have been instructed to prepare to receive patients from other regions to help ensure that effective care can be managed across the province. KHSC received two ICU patients this weekend and working with its partners, including PCH, to decant those patients that could be served elsewhere where capacity exists. This serves as a good reminder to us all that we managed this well in our region through collaboration and collaboration will see us through. If one region is struggling because its demographics are more challenging, the rest of us must step up and help out.
The UHKF staff is now working remotely to support the most recent requests from the government to keep as many people home as possible. Please continue to follow the advice and public health guidelines in place, there is light at the end of the tunnel and we will get through this.
Health care needs continue to change rapidly. Community members continue to reach out asking what they can do to help. At this time, KHSC and Providence Care are asking those that wish to help to direct their support through Donations to Areas of Greatest Priority – both KHSC and Providence Care have constant need for equipment to provide care to patients, clients and residents.
If there is a caregiver or department at KHSC or Providence Care you would like to recognize, please consider an Honour Your Caregiver donation.
Donations may be made here. Thank you for all your continued support as we navigate through this together.
President and CEO
University Hospitals Kingston Foundation