Ontario wants to change PPE directive for long-term care workers: CUPE

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TORONTO -- A union representing health care workers in long-term care homes says the province wants to change a directive which gives all workers access N95 masks.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario says the provincial government has asked to begin discussions about removing access from the provincial rules because it believes the masks aren't necessary.

The union says the N95 masks block aerosolized virus particles and offer better protection than surgical masks currently in use.

But the union also says that the N95 masks are not widely available to workers despite the provincial rule.

More than 1,600 workers in the province's long-term care homes have tested positive for COVID-19 and a personal support worker in Orleans, Ont. died from the virus earlier this week.

The Ministry of Health could not immediately provide comment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2020.

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