TO: VISITORS DATE: April 6, 2023
FROM: Sara John Fowler, CEO
RE: GREETER PROGRAM UPDATE
The Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced today that visiting restrictions, imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, in long-term care are lifted today.
Visitors do not need to be screened to visit their loved one.
Visitors do not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Visitors do not to need to have received a negative rapid antigen test within the 48 hours of visiting.
Visitors do not need to wear a mask unless they are visiting a resident who is on droplet precautions or visiting in a House that is closed due to 3 or more residents being on droplet precautions.
This is the same infection and prevention control measures we have in place for any communicable disease including influenza and gastrointestinal infections.
We continue to advise visitors not to visit if they are unwell or have influenza- or cold-like symptoms.
Staff & Volunteers do not need to wear masks on the Ground Floor of Mount St. Mary Hospital.
All Staff & Volunteers MUST continue to wear masks in the elevators and on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Floors.
This is good news as we return to a new normalcy in our personal and work lives.
With very best wishes to you and yours, for a lovely Easter.
Sara John Fowler
With respect, I acknowledge the Lekwungen speaking peoples on whose traditional territory Mount St. Mary Hospital stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.