Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19

Interim Guidance for Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings

April 16, 2021

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To: Local Health System Partners


Updated Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Outpatient Settings

As you are aware the Public Health Agency of Canada provides evidence-informed infection prevention and control (IPAC) guidance for the health sector. The following important updates have been made to the IPAC guidance for all outpatient and ambulatory care settings.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Hand Hygiene
Additional Precautions
Environmental Controls

Detailed information on the recommended IPAC measures in outpatient and ambulatory care settings is available at :

* Masks should not be used for patients who have difficulty breathing or are unable to remove the mask on their own (e.g., due to decreased level of consciousness, physical ability, young age, mental illness, or cognitive impairment). Inability to wear mask should not impact level of care received. In these instances, maximizing the distance between the patient and others (minimum 2 metres) is recommended.

Please contact the Control of Infectious Disease program at 705.522.9200, ext. 718 for further information on COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.


Original Signed By

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

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This item was last modified on April 16, 2021