The Importance of Wearing a Mask at PSFDH During COVID-19

October 16, 2020

On July 7th, Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health (Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit) issued an instruction under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act requiring that anyone entering or remaining in an “enclosed public space” use a face covering/mask that securely covers the nose, mouth and chin. 


There is increasing scientific evidence that supports wearing a mask when in enclosed public spaces. It is as an important measure in reducing the spread of COVID-19.


While the use of face masks has been in place at PSFDH since July, all patients and visitors are reminded that they will need to wear an appropriate face covering or mask when entering the buildings and while being in all departments and rooms within the hospital.   It is recognized that there may be circumstances where certain patients or visitors may be unable to wear a face mask or covering.


We ask that you bring your own clean masks/face covering to the hospital whenever possible. Masks are available for your use at the screening desk.   For more information about mask wearing, please visit the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health Unit Website. 


As part of the continued strategy to keep our patients and staff safe, the public is reminded that it is necessary to pass a COVID-19 screening test prior to entering the hospital. All visitors must enter through the specific entry points located at the Emergency Department entrances at both sites. A 2nd entry point is available at the Great War Memorial (Perth) site at the Main Entrance off Drummond Street Monday to Friday (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  


Thank you for your patience, understanding and adherence to these masking requirements. PSFDH will continue its efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the patients, staff and visitors.  Please note that our infection control practices will continue to be aligned with the direction of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health Unit and the Province of Ontario.