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Ontario quietly changes LTC rules; visitors no longer have to mask in resident rooms

Ontario has quietly changed masking rules for long-term care homes, no longer requiring visitors or caregivers to wear them when alone with a resident in their room.Long-term care homes are one of the only places where provincial mask mandates remain, after Ontario lifted most such requirements in June.But the rules were changed as of Friday, though no public announcement was made. Operators were notified and the COVID-19 guidance document for long-term care homes was updated on an Ontario government website, said a spokesperson for Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra.

Ontario’s top doctor urges mask wearing, warns mandate could return “Our government is protecting our long-term care homes by investing in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), hiring and retaining nurses and PSW’s, and increasing daily hours of care for residents,” Jake Roseman said in a statement.“Additionally, we are now offering COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines to long-term care residents, which will add a further layer of protection against the virus.”Several other changes to COVID-19 rules took effect that day. Visitors no longer have to confirm in person or online that they are symptom free, instead homes are now only required to post signage listing COVID-19 symptoms.A limit of four visitors per resident at a time for indoor visits has been removed, and long-term care homes can now set their own visitor policy.

As well, residents are no longer required to be tested for COVID-19 when they return from an absence.Staff and volunteers, meanwhile, are still required to wear medical masks for their whole shift while indoors and must not remove them while in resident areas or while interacting with residents. They are allowed to remove masks for

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Watch Pearl Jam get fan to play drums after Matt Cameron tests positive for COVID-19
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron pulled out of the band’s show in Oakland last night (May 12) after testing positive for COVID-19.It was the first time in 24 years the sticksman has missed a show with the band.As a result, touring member and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer stepped in on drumming duties for a series of tracks including Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’, ‘Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town’, ‘Why Go’ and ‘Corduroy’.Longtime band collaborator Richard Stuverud also got behind the drums for ‘Quick Escape’ and ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’ before a fan stepped up for the show’s finale ‘Yellow Ledbetter’. You can view footage below.It comes just days after the band honoured Foo Fighters’ late drummer Taylor Hawkins during their LA concert at The Forum by performing 2005 song ‘Cold Day In The Sun’.The original version of the track featured Hawkins on lead vocals and, for the Seattle band’s performance of it, Cameron took on singing duties.Cameron and Hawkins previously worked together in the band Nighttime Boogie Association, releasing two songs together – ‘Long In The Tooth’ and ‘The Path We’re On’ – in 2020.Last week, Pearl Jam took another moment to remember Hawkins as they kicked off their ‘Gigaton’ tour in San Diego.