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August 2020 | News, Patient News, Staff News

Dear Kidney Health Clinic, Home Dialysis and In-Centre Hemodialysis Patients,

SUBJECT:  Outpatients and Use of Non-Medical Masks

Please note that as of September 1, 2020, all outpatients coming into any Manitoba hospital MUST wear a non-medical mask. This includes anyone coming to the hospital for a kidney health clinic, home dialysis or in-centre hemodialysis appointment.

This effort is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is an added measure to create safer environments in our health facilities.

Outpatients are asked to provide and wear their own mask. Cloth and other non-medical masks are acceptable. If you are unable to get your own mask to bring, please let the hospital know when you come for your appointment.

This requirement applies to all who visit health-care facilities, including outpatients attending medical appointments (e.g. for diagnostic tests, blood work, etc.). With the exception of specific exemptions made on a case-by-case basis, individuals who are not wearing a mask will not be admitted. Medical masks will only be provided where the circumstances of the patient require their use.

Note: At health-care facilities within the Prairie Mountain Health Region, masks are already mandatory effective August 24, 2020 as a result of the region’s ORANGE Pandemic Response Level.

We continue to monitor the impact and need for additional measures as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and remain thankful for the cooperation and understanding of all Manitobans as we take every measure to protect you, your loved one(s) and our staff.

Sincerely,

Manitoba Renal Program

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