South West Hospitals to Maintain Masking Requirements Indefinitely

April 12, 2022

Hospitals across the south west have updated their ongoing protections against COVID-19 and confirm that current masking requirements for all individuals entering their facilities will continue indefinitely.

In addition to continuing to require masking, active screening of all individuals entering hospital facilities will be maintained. COVID-19 Immunization Policies that require all new midwives, physicians, staff, volunteers and contractors to be vaccinated will also remain in place.

With these adjustments in place, individuals are reminded that getting vaccinated and boosted remains the best protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. In addition, hospitals urge everyone to continue with public health recommendations such as masking where physical distancing is not possible, staying home if unwell, and regular hand washing.

“In high-risk settings, such as hospitals, it is imperative that we do everything that we can protect our patients who are vulnerable to COVID-19 virus, as well as the staff and the physicians that are needed to care for patients. HDH strongly believes that maintaining our masking requirements is a safety precaution that must be upheld indefinitely to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 within the hospital for staff, physicians and patients”, states Dana Howes, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Supporting this announcement are: the Alexandra Hospital, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Grey Bruce Health Services, Hanover and District Hospital, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Listowel Wingham Hospital Alliance, London Health Sciences Centre, Middlesex Hospitals Alliance, St. Joseph’s Health Care, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, South Huron Hospital Association, Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, and Woodstock General Hospital.