MEDIA RELEASE: Masking to remain in place at all St. Joseph’s facilities

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London, Ontario – While the Ontario government will be lifting most of the remaining COVID-19 mask mandates for indoor settings, including in hospitals, St. Joseph’s Health Care London will continue to require masking inside all St. Joseph’s facilities. This includes St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building, Parkwood Institute Main Building, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, and Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. 

St. Joseph’s is in alignment with hospitals across the south west region in maintaining masking requirements indefinitely, as announced collectively in April. The province’s announcement on June 8 stipulates that organizations may implement their own policies. (Please note, the expiry of masking mandates in Ontario does not include long-term care.)

“Masks slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses and are one way we can continue to protect our vulnerable patients and residents from potential exposure to COVID-19,” says Roy Butler, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s. “As always, the top priority at St. Joseph’s is the safety of those we serve.”

In addition to masking, active screening of all patients and visitors entering St. Joseph’s facilities is being maintained. 

St. Joseph’s thanks all those coming into our buildings for their support of our masking and other infection control practices to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone. 

For more information, contact:
Dahlia Reich, Communication Consultant
St. Joseph’s Health Care London                        
519 646-6100 ext. 65294, cell: 519 619-0971, pager 10117            

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