Mask policy for visitors at Windsor Regional Hospital goes into effect today
A mask mandate that has been issued at Windsor Regional Hospital for anyone visiting a patient is officially in effect.
A statement was provided on Thursday by the hospital regarding the change, stating that effective Friday, December 8 at 12:01 a.m., anyone visiting a patient in hospital must wear a mask while visiting in a patient's room.
The Windsor Regional Hospital Board of Directors held a meeting on Thursday evening, and the new policy was only briefly mentioned by the President and CEO, David Musyj.
Musyj says that this is an added measure to ensure that everyone in the hospital is protected as the community moves into the peak of the respiratory illness season.
Windsor Regional Hospital states historically they have seen an increase in respiratory illness and outbreak during the first two weeks of January - immediately following holiday gatherings.
Musyj says this policy change is mandatory.
"We're going to be putting in masking rules for visitors when they actually are in a patient's room, visiting the patient. Up to this point we've been highly recommending visitors wear masks, it is now going to be mandatory."
He says staff have been masking for almost two months.
"When they're in the patient's room, they're going to have to wear a mask. Our staff have already been doing that since October, but again we're going to increase it for the visitors."
Musyj says this is about protection and prevention.
"This is a gradual increase in masking, hopefully we don't have to increase it past this point, but while you're visiting we're going to be requiring visitors to wear masks in a patient's room for the protect of not only themselves, but of course the patient's."
Staff at Windsor Regional Hospital have been masking within two metres of patients since mid-October.
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