Now, this isn't what you want to hear. A whole bunch of City of Toronto face masks are now being recalled after it was found they're not up to standard. Over 60,000 masks that were ordered and distributed in long-term care homes are now being called back. That adds up to over $200,000 worth of equipment.
Around 62,600 masks sent to the 6ix's long-term care homes were found to easily rip and tear while using, according to a news release issued on Tuesday afternoon, April 7.
After a full investigation, it was determined that they didn't meet the City’s standards and specifications regarding health requirements.
The masks were sent out on March 28.
The City is now recalling them and is investigating how many employees in these homes were caring for a patient while wearing these specific masks.
It will be assessed whether individuals who thought they were being properly protected by the masks may have been exposed to COVID-19."The masks are being returned, and the vendor has committed to a full refund," reads the statement.
This news comes after Premier Doug Ford warned the province late last week that it could run out of personal protective equipment within a week.
#CityofTO recalling poor quality surgical masks distributed to staff. News release: https://t.co/P1M8ORc1uy https://t.co/E77neIVo6O— City of Toronto (@City of Toronto) 1586284771.0
Toronto adds that it will now press ahead with securing a new "appropriate grade" mask. It will then distribute those on a "priority basis."
The statement does acknowledge that the recall of so many masks "makes for a significant shortfall of surgical masks for the City."
It also pledges to conduct better quality control tests in the future.
The City stated that all of their future orders of personal protective equipment will be verified first in order to make sure that what they're using meets requirements.
The news of the recalled masks comes after a significant number of deaths within provincial long-term care homes in recent times.
Per CTV News on Tuesday morning, 51 COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes in the province so far.
Thankfully, Ontario's students are stepping up to the plate.
As a shortage of PPE continues to affect the province, some university students are creating 3D face shields for frontline health care workers in hospitals and clinics in the GTHA.