Masking still required in patient care areas at hospitals from Ajax to Bowmanville

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Published August 1, 2023 at 9:31 am

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health

Masking is still required in all areas where patient care is provided at Lakeridge Health hospital locations in Durham Region.

With the COVID-19 virus on a steady decline hospital officials discovered enough confusion among visitors to release a statement on masking protocols and what you need to know when planning a visit to your local hospital.

Masking is optional in all other areas of hospitals in Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax and Port Perry but still a must in patient care areas, including waiting rooms. Anyone who refuses to properly wear a medical grade mask in those areas will not be permitted entry.

Hospital staff will work with those with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask.

Masks are no longer handed out at hospital entrances but will be available at inpatient units or outpatient areas. Visitors can also bring their own medical grade mask.

As has been the case since the pandemic was first declared, all visitors must also self-screen for COVID.

The updated protocols do not apply to Lakeridge Gardens, the long-term care home adjacent to the Ajax-Pickering Hospital.

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