In light of rising cases and outbreaks, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is advising that mask-wearing requirements will be augmented in its offices and its community clinics.
"We've re-adjusted our policies to protect the health and safety of our clients, visitors, and staff. Please wear a mask and physically distance when in our facilities. Happy to provide a mask if needed. Thanks for your continued cooperation," reads a Health Unit tweet.
Since masking directives were relaxed in mid-June, the Health Unit had been requiring clients accessing clinical service to wear a mask but this announcement reverts to "requiring a face covering for everyone, no matter the service," according to the Health Unit.
With #COVID19 cases and outbreaks on the rise, we've re-adjusted our policies to protect health and safety of our clients, visitors, staff. Please wear a mask and physically distance when in our facilities. Happy to provide a mask if needed. Thanks for your continued cooperation. pic.twitter.com/kAUGg2dkid— North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (@NBPSDHealthUnit) August 3, 2022
In June, the remaining government directives were revoked and replaced with Ministry of Health guidance for health care workers and organizations, including guidance on when masks should be worn in hospitals and other health care settings — with the caveat that organizations may implement their own policies — even as the masking requirements expired.
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When worn properly, masks and face coverings help to prevent the most vulnerable patients from contracting COVID-19, says the Health Unit. Masks can also prevent the transmission of COVID-19 to health care providers, keeping people healthy and at work.
Each of Ontario's health units is responsible for its own entry and welcome procedures and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit continues to ask the public to respect the measures in place at its facilities.