WCFHT sticking with masks

Special to WC Online

CARP – While most masking requirements were lifted in the province yesterday (June 11) the West Carleton Family Health Team (WCFHT) will continue to require patients and visitors to stay masked up.

Almost all masking requirements in the province were lifted Saturday, with Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore making the announcement Wednesday (June 8).

“With high vaccination rates and Ontario’s COVID-19 situation continuing to improve, most of the province’s remaining provincial masking requirements, including on public transit, will expire as of 12 a.m. on June 11,” Moore released in a statement. “To continue providing an additional layer of protection for the most vulnerable, masks will still be required in long-term care and retirement homes. Masking is recommended in higher-risk congregate living settings, such as shelters and group homes. While masking requirements are expiring, organizations may implement their own policies. Ontarians should continue to wear a mask if they feel it is right for them, are at high risk for severe illness, recovering from COVID-19, have symptoms of the virus or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.”

The WCFHT is one of those organizations that has chosen to continue requiring masks inside the facility.

“Masking requirement remain in effect at WCFHT,” the Carp clinic released in a statement Thursday (June 9). “For the safety of patients and staff, we continue to require that everyone who enters our facility be screened and masked.”


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