The Ottawa Hospital has made face masks mandatory in all clinical areas and waiting rooms, due to COVID-19 and some seasonal respiratory viruses such as influenza.

In a Sept. 6 announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Ottawa Hospital said the new masking requirement will take effect on Sept. 11, and remain “in place for the duration of the respiratory virus season.”
“As we prepare for respiratory virus season, where we anticipate increased transmission of influenza, COVID-19 and RSV, The Ottawa Hospital will be updating some of our measures and supports to help protect patients, staff and members of the public.”

Beginning Sept. 11, masking will be required in all clinical areas and waiting rooms, including inpatient units, patient rooms, nursing stations and ambulatory care areas.

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