Mask mandates to remain in place at CKHA

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Masks mandates will remain in place at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance hospitals.

Earlier this spring, Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, announced June 11 as the date mask requirements in higher-risk environments would be lifted. This applies to public transit, health-care settings, long-term care homes, retirement homes, and congregate settings that provide care to medically and socially vulnerable individuals.

Despite word from Moore that most provincial mask mandates will be lifted in public settings on June 11, that won’t be the case at local hospitals.

Officials at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance issued a statement saying mandatory masking will remain in effect for the foreseeable future for anyone attending either the Wallaceburg or Chatham sites, including staff, patients, and volunteers.

“Despite experiencing lower community levels of COVID-19, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance will not be changing its masking policies and procedures for the foreseeable future, which apply to all visitors, patients (as tolerated) and all staff, physicians and volunteers regardless of what area they work in,” the hospital group said.

CKHA said this also takes into consideration the higher-risk environment in which the health alliance operates, with many elderly and immune-compromised patients.

While individual organizations and local governments can keep the mask rule in place at their discretion, CKHA is not the only health organization within the region to keep mask mandates.

Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Windsor Regional Hospital and Erie Shores Healthcare have also announced they are keeping the mask mandate beyond June 11.

Meanwhile, CKHA is in a hiring mode, and hospital officials are hopeful that recruiting nursing students will help fill up some of the available spaces.

According to CKHA Vice President, Transformation and Chief Nursing Executive Meredith Whitehead, the hospital is currently sitting at an 8.2 percent employment vacancy rate.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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