NEW: November 15, 2022- Chief Medical Officer of Health Update
On November 14th, the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a strong recommendation for Ontarians to wear masks in all indoor public spaces. As you know, masks continue to be required indoors for staff, visitors and others entering long-term care homes. While not required, masks are strongly recommended for caregivers and visitors when they are alone with residents in their rooms.
Homes are also reminded of the continued importance of screening, testing, and rigorous IPAC practices, and of ensuring that all residents are offered the COVID-19 bivalent booster and seasonal influenza vaccine as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that both residents and staff receive both vaccinations, which can be safely administered at the same time, as high uptake is key to preventing severe illness amongst residents and ensuring a healthy workforce is available to provide care to residents.