South West Hospitals to Maintain Masking Requirements Indefinitely

(Strathroy, ON) Hospitals across the South West region have updated their ongoing protections against COVID-19, and confirm that current masking requirements for all individuals entering their facilities will continue indefinitely.

“As a system of hospitals, we have continually assessed what we feel are responsible protections for our patients, our teams, and those visiting our hospital sites,” says Todd Stepanuik, President and CEO, Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA). As the pandemic continues to impact our communities, including our ability to staff programs and services due to increasing COVID-19 absences, maintaining this level of protection in high-risk environments is prudent. While opinions on direction will always vary, our top priority is the safety of those we serve. In addition to continuing to require masking, active screening of all individuals entering hospital facilities will be maintained. The COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requiring all MHA workers (employees, credentialed staff, tenants, contracted staff and volunteers) to be fully vaccinated will also remain in place.

With these measures in place, individuals are reminded that getting vaccinated and boosted remains the best protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. In addition, hospitals urge everyone to continue with public health recommendations such as masking where physical distancing is not possible, staying home if unwell, and regular hand washing.

Supporting this announcement are: the Alexandra Hospital, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Grey Bruce Health Services, Hanover and District Hospital, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Listowel Wingham Hospital Alliance, London Health Sciences Centre, Middlesex Hospital Alliance, St. Joseph’s Health Care, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, South Huron Hospital Association, Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, and Woodstock General Hospital.
The Middlesex Hospital Alliance is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our patients, employees, physicians, tenants and visitors.

For local inquiries, please contact :
Middlesex Hospital Alliance
Stacey Griffin
Executive Assistant to the CEO, Coordinator of Board Affairs
(519) 245-5295 ext: 5593

About MHA:
The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) is comprised of two fully accredited partner sites: Four Counties Health Services and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. A progressive, team-oriented and technologically adept organization of excellence, the MHA is creating a more integrated and seamless approach to treatment by embracing and seeking out partnerships, through collaboration and investing in people. This coordinated approach helps to ensure that a high level of service is provided, while reducing costs and continually enhancing quality.

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