- High-ranking hospitals and public health agencies from southeastern Ontario made a public plea ahead of the holiday weekend.
Ahead of the holiday weekend, high-ranking hospitals and public health authorities from southeastern Ontario made a public plea.
Residents are being instructed to do more to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Right days after the province’s chief medical officer announced the pandemic’s sixth wave but declined to reinstate the mask mandate, local health officials issued their recommendations just before Easter.
They strongly advise that everyone wear masks.
A new joint statement released by medical officers and hospital heads of staff in the southeast region includes almost half a dozen requests for action, including wearing a three-layer mask in all public indoor spaces.
According to Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick of Kingston Health Sciences Centre, the local effect is widespread.
“The virus is persisting at higher levels in our community than anticipated, resulting in a considerable number of hospital admissions,” he said.
According to health officials, people should also get vaccinated, stay at home when unwell, and isolate themselves for five days following a positive COVID-19 test or symptoms.
Part of the statement read:
“Because individuals can be infectious for up to ten days, it’s critical to wear a mask outside your home for an extra five days and avoid people who are most vulnerable, as well as high-risk locations like hospitals and long-term care.”
These precautions, while not required, are strongly recommended, according to the joint statement, which notes that hospitals are dealing with high patient numbers as well as crucial personnel shortages due to COVID-19.
“We’re trying to say, can we please just wait a little longer until the COVID levels in our community drop,” Fitzpatrick explained.
The group did not go as far as to demand that the province reinstate any previous COVID-19 provisions.
Source: Global News