Last Updated: October 26, 2023
AHS has adopted an enhanced masking directive to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 within our acute care facilities, emergency departments, urgent care centres and advanced ambulatory care centres. This directive supports zone and site leadership to determine if enhanced masking for staff, physicians, midwives, students, volunteers, and contracted providers is necessary, and can include patient care areas, elevators/staircases/hallways, common areas, gift shops, and cafeterias where patient contact could occur in acute care facilities.
Decisions to implement will be based on several factors which consider number, size and impact of outbreaks, new hospitalizations with COVID-19, occupancy, test positivity, and situational context.
The Use of Masks to Prevent Transmission of COVID-19 Directive came into effect on Oct. 11, 2023.
Where the enhanced masking is implemented, masking will be required for patients, designated support persons and visitors in Emergency Departments in acute care facilities. Public can watch for signage at front entrances to determine where enhanced masking has been implemented.
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