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Hospital and critical care

Information for healthcare workers in hospital settings and those caring for patients hospitalized or experiencing severe COVID-19.
Last updated: October 23, 2023

This document provides guidance for acute health-care settings, including emergency departments and outpatient/ambulatory care within acute care facilities, on infection prevention and control (IPC) practices to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. 

Starting October 3, medical masks will be required for health care workers, visitors, contractors and volunteers in patient care areas in health care facilities, programs and services. 

People who are ill or have symptoms of illness should not visit hospitals and acute care facilities. Visitors can return when they feel better. Check with the healthcare facility for guidance and for any exceptions such as end of life visits.

Visitors are expected to follow precautions in place at each site, including wearing the mask provided in patient-care areas and when required and practicing hand hygiene.  

Ambassadors will be at facility entrances to support screening for symptoms of respiratory illnesses, hand out medical masks, and ensure people clean their hands before entering.

Proof of vaccination is not required for entry. 

Outbreak Management Protocol for Acute Care Settings - This document provides guidance to prepare for, detect and respond to outbreaks of COVID-19 in acute care settings - updated August 25, 2022


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