Important Updates Amid COVID-19

Important Updates Amid COVID-19 Image

Dear Donors,

I hope that everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful weather we have been having. 

KHSC Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) has placed Davies 5 at the KGH site under quarantine after a staff member who worked on the unit recently tested positive for COVID-19.  Keeping patients and staff safe is a top priority, and this step has been taken out of an abundance of caution. KFL&A Public Health has been notified. 

The Davies 5 unit will be under quarantine for the next 14 days. The unit is closed to new admissions and visitors.  Patients who were in direct contact with the staff member have been notified and those who were discharged are being followed by Public Health.  All patients on the unit were tested for COVID-19, all tested negative, but will be closely monitored for signs and symptoms of the illness.  As of now, no other staff members or patients have tested positive and the positive patient is home in self-isolation.

KHSC is implementing their ambulatory ramp-up from a 33% to 50% increase in visits. Not all clinics are ready for ramp up at this time. Also starting today, anyone who enters the hospital and feels more comfortable wearing a mask, will be given a mask and a paper bag to store it in. Providence Care is also beginning their resumption of services, including community based programs.

With summer here and as things open up, it makes it difficult for all of us to remember that the virus is still lurking out there. We are still expecting a second wave and its severity depends on all of us. I encourage you all to continue follow the recommendations from our Public Health team and continue to practice physical distancing as much as possible. We have made it this far, let’s not give up now.

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 to:

  1. Donations to Areas of Greatest Priority – both KHSC and Providence Care have constant need for equipment to provide care to our patients, clients and residents.
  2. Comfort funds – supports for patients, clients and residents to assist with distraction, maintaining connections with family electronically and other comforts; and funds to allow us to recognize the staff for their diligent and dedicated work during this time of pandemic outbreak – including but not limited to providing lunches/snacks/coffee.

Donations may be made here. Thank you for all your continued support as we navigate through this together.

Sincerely,

Tom Zsolnay
President and CEO
University Hospitals Kingston Foundation