Niagara hospital staffers will start wearing masks again Monday
Published September 28, 2023 at 3:24 pm
Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, all staffers at Niagara area hospitals will be sporting face masks once again, starting Monday (Oct. 2).
While members of the public, visitors and patients are not required to put on masks, “they are being encouraged to do so whenever possible.”
The masking will be required in emergency departments at Niagara’s three health units in Welland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, as well as urgent care centres, diagnostic and procedural areas, and outpatient clinics, including Walker Family Cancer Centre, dialysis units, neurology clinics, EVS, Spiritual Care, New Port Centre and Withdrawal Management Services.
With staff shortages forcing Niagara Health to temporarily shut down the healthcare centres in Port Colborne and Fort Erie, the mask measures are meant to protect patients and maintain the health of the workforce.