Durham’s top doctor recommending masks stay on indoors at school

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Durham’s Medical Officer of Health has a message for staff and students.

“Due to the Omicron surges (BA.1.1 and BA.2 sub-variants), Durham Region Health Department (DRHD) strongly recommends that students and staff continue to wear a well-fitted three-layer mask in shared indoor spaces,” said Dr. Robert Kyle in a released statement.

In his letter, Kyle says in addition to masking, “physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, and staying home when sick, continue to be effective strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19.”

The information was shared by local school boards to students Wednesday.

Kyle adds vaccination is still a vital tool.

“I encourage you to continue to emphasize the importance of vaccination with school staff, students, and their families,” Kyle said. “In addition, DRHD has expanded the eligibility for fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 60 and older, as well as First Nation, Inuit, and Métis individuals and their non-indigenous household members aged 18 and older.”

To read Kyle’s full letter, click here and then click the photo.

Other school boards across the country are also encouraging mask wearing in schools.

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