Community Health Updates

July 14, 2020

Walk-in clinic owners handing out free masks

Link to story in Waterloo Chronicle by Johanna Weidner – Jul 14, 2020

“Disposable mask available to anyone who can’t afford one now that they’re mandatory in Waterloo Region

WATERLOO REGION — Free face masks are being handed out by the owners of three local walk-in clinics, including a COVID-19 testing site.

They bought 25,000 disposable face masks that will be available starting Wednesday at the Waterloo Walk-In Clinic at 170 University Ave. W. in Waterloo and the K-W Walk-In Clinic at 100 The Boardwalk in Kitchener.

“Somebody had to do something,” said Rex Mohamed, who owns the clinics with his wife Meera Mohamed.

People calling to book a COVID-19 assessment at the Westmount Place Walk-In Clinic were saying they didn’t have a mask, which is now required in indoor public spaces and on transit in Waterloo Region.

“You could feel the frustration,” Mohamed said. “Luckily we were able to source out a supplier.”

He is hoping their mask giveaway will encourage others to do the same as well to ensure everyone has access to a mask, in particular if they can’t afford to buy one.

“They’re very appreciative,” Mohamed said of those who have received a mask.

People are asked to only take one mask, due to the strain on personal protective equipment supplies during the pandemic. They’re available while supplies last during regular clinic hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., but not at the testing clinic because that site sees patients by appointment only.

The couple have also been providing free transportation to the testing centre for anyone who needs it.

“Whatever we can do,” Mohamed said.”

Johanna Weidner is a Waterloo Region-based general assignment reporter for The Record. Reach her via email: [email protected]