Dr Moore would recommend using a face covering, sources say

TORONTO — Ontario’s top public health official will recommend on Monday that the public resume using face coverings to relieve children’s hospitals struggling with an overflow of patients, according to two government sources.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly, add that face coverings will not be mandatory.

The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore had already sounded the alarm about a resurgence of respiratory illnesses over the fall and winter. He had announced that he could recommend the use of face coverings indoors in certain cases if hospitals had to start canceling surgeries to deal with an overflow of patients.

This is already the case for children’s hospitals in the province which are overwhelmed with patients in pediatric departments.

The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa have already announced the cancellation of surgeries in order to redeploy healthcare workers to intensive care and emergency departments.

The Ontario Hospital Association is already asking people to wear a mask indoors and to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza.


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