Ottawa Public Health calls on companies to encourage the use of masks by staff in break rooms and kitchens

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OTTAWA – Ottawa Public Health is urging all companies to promote the wearing of face masks by employees in areas not covered by Ottawa’s mandatory face mask regulations, including rest rooms and locker rooms. And companies are encouraged to do “active screening” of all employees during the pandemic to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Assistant Medical Officer of Health Brent Moloughney said the health unit is still seeing cases of COVID-19 where employees go to work when they are symptomatic.

“For this reason, OPH strongly encourages all companies to actively screen employees to ensure that no one goes to work when they are sick or unwell,” Dr Moloughney said in a statement released Friday after. -midday.

Ottawa Public Health has a health screening questionnaire available on its website.

“As a reminder, Ottawa Public Health does not recommend testing asymptomatic employees before starting work because the results only reflect a snapshot in time and can be falsely reassuring,” said Dr. Moloughney.

The Council adopted a regulation in July making face masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Ottawa’s mandatory face mask bylaw includes an exemption that allows employees working in non-public spaces or behind a physical barrier to dispense with masks when working in public buildings.

Dr Moloughney says public health is encouraging companies to “promote the use of masks in areas not covered by the regulation, including common non-public areas such as break rooms, kitchens, locker rooms, etc.” to help further prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among staff ”.

Since the first case of COVID-19 on March 11, there have been 2,623 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa, including 264 deaths.

A total of 2,204 people have recovered after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

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