Date: September 29, 2023
Providence Care continues to monitor the rising COVID-19 and respiratory illness prevalence rates. On Sept. 19, 2023, the organization implemented masking measures in clinical areas and throughout our long-term-care home. As a tiered response, Providence Care is now escalating additional control measures effective Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. This includes re-introducing mandatory masking across all public facing areas (lobbies, hallways, cafeterias, etc.) of our hospitals and community sites for those who work, learn, volunteer or visit Providence Care. Masking is also required in non-public facing departments where physical distancing between staff is not possible.
Effective Oct. 2, mandatory masking will be in place for staff, students, volunteers and visitors at Providence Care Hospital (PCH), Providence Transitional Care Centre (PTCC) and community sites. At Providence Manor, staff, students, volunteers and visitors will continue to wear a mask at all times on and off resident home areas. As per Ministry of Long-Term Care guidance, visitors at Providence Manor may remove their mask when alone in a resident room.
Providence Care has escalated measures due to an overall increase in community prevalence in our region. Control measures will continue to be evaluated in a manner that balances ease of access and patient, client, resident, family and staff safety.
To help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, Providence Care encourages everyone to receive an annual flu shot, COVID-19 booster vaccine, practice diligent hand hygiene, wear a mask and stay home when sick.
- Effective Oct. 2, 2023, Providence Care is implementing mandatory masking throughout the organization as part of its tiered response plan to address the resurgence of viral respiratory infections.
- Providence Care’s COVID-19 protective measures will continue to be evaluated in a manner that balances safety and ease of access.
About Providence Care:
Providence Care is Southeastern Ontario’s leading provider of specialized care in aging, mental health and rehabilitation. The organization consists of Providence Care Hospital, Providence Transitional Care Centre, Providence Manor long-term care home, Hospice Kingston, and more than 20 community based mental health and support services across the region. To find out more about Providence Care, visit ProvidenceCare.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information, contact:
Communications Officer, Communications
Phone: 613-544-4900 ext. 53375