The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends universal masking in health care settings unless the facilities are in areas of high COVID-19 transmission.
Masks will not be required in areas that are restricted from patient access.
If the office is not in high transmission county, we can keep masks optional.
Patients and staff may choose to mask at any time.
If after screening patients meet CDC recommendations, patients are required to wear a mask until seen by a provider.
- If someone has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or other respiratory infection
- If someone has close contact or a higher-risk exposure with someone who had COVID-19 for 10 days after their exposure
- If someone lives or works somewhere that is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak (in this case, universal mask wearing can stop once no new cases have been identified for 14 days)
- If mask wearing is recommended by local public health authorities
- When COVID-19 Community Level transmission levels are high in your county, masking is recommended for everyone in a health care setting when they are in areas of the health care facility where they could encounter patients.
CDC still recommends they be worn: