City Taking COVID-19 Precautions, Updating Community

Published on: 2020/03/13 - in News

The City of Kingston is monitoring the COVID-19 risk in the city and taking precautions, confirming yesterday that KFL&A Public Health, the lead agency in Kingston for COVID-19, states there are no suspected or confirmed cases in Kingston.

“We are echoing Public Health’s message to wash your hands frequently, cough into your arm, keep ample space between yourself and others and stay home if you are sick,” said Peter Huigenbos, Acting Chief Administrative Officer. “The City’s current precautionary measures reflect those suggestions and we are monitoring the situation.”

Huigenbos added that City services and programs are continuing as scheduled and updates will be provided as they become available.

Some of the steps the City is taking now include:

  • Kingston Transit is ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touch points with a disinfectant approved to combat COVID-19.
  • Kingston Airport is ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touch points including baggage carts and counter surfaces.
  • Signage, asking visitors to stay away if they are sick, has been placed at all entry doors at Rideaucrest Home (Long Term Care) and all visitors are being screened as they enter the Home. Communication about COVID-19 has gone out to staff, families, volunteers and contracted service providers.
  • The annual Safety Days and Wellness event hosted by the City and Utilities Kingston has been cancelled as recommended by KFL&A Public Health. The reason for their advice is that utility workers and contractors provide important community infrastructure and having them all in the same location at one time is not advisable.
  • The City has increased cleaning frequency and sanitizing practices at Municipal facilities.
  • Additional hand-washing posters are on display and the number of hand sanitizing stations has been increased.

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on KFL&A Public Health’s site.

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