Message from Hamilton Public Health Services

Please see the following statement from Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, and the attached letter from HPHS shared with all HWDSB families:

Hamilton Public Health Services continues to follow the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and provincial guidelines regarding mask wearing, which strongly recommends that people wear masks in all indoor settings. Masking in indoor environments is especially essential for people at higher risk of serious consequences from respiratory disease infection.

This is an important reminder for all members of the community, including parents and their children, to use multiple layers of public health measures to protect themselves, their loved ones and help reduce pressure on the Hamilton Health System. This includes wearing a properly fitted mask indoors, especially when it is crowded, getting a flu shot and staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, screening for respiratory symptoms daily, and staying home if you feel unwell, wash your hands regularly and clean surfaces regularly . Going forward and as we have done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamilton Public Health Services will work collaboratively with their school board partners to support recommended health and safety measures to reduce the spread of respiratory disease and help protect our children and young people, educational staff, our schools and the community at large.

Correspondence from Hamilton Public Health Services:

HPHS – FamiliesLetter_RespiratoryIllnessPrevention – November 15, 2022

Updated on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

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