Coronavirus: Kingston assessment centre only testing for COVID-19 for recent travellers

A dedicated novel coronavirus assessment centre has opened in Kingston, Ont., but local public health officials want residents to know that only recent travellers will be tested for COVID-19.

On Saturday, the COVID-19 testing centre opened at Hotel Dieu’s St. Joseph‘s Building.

According to Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer for health at Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, the centre screened 80 people, assessed 20 and swabbed for COVID-19 in 11 of those patients. As of Saturday, there have been no positive cases in the city, Moore said.

A sign on the front door reads that people will only be tested for the virus if they meet specific testing criteria set by Public Health Ontario.

The list includes:

  • Symptomatic contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Individuals requiring hospital admission with respiratory illness.
  • Healthcare workers with respiratory illness.
  • Residents of long-term care or retirement homes who have a new respiratory illness.
  • First Nations community members living on-reserve with respiratory illness.

Moore wanted to make it clear that at this time that the testing centre will only be swabbing people who have travelled within the last 14 days and who are showing signs of any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: fever, a cough or difficulty breathing.

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