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Hospitals Return to Masking amid Respiratory Illness Spike

Hospitals and healthcare systems in several states, including Pennsylvania, have temporarily reinstated masking policies as respiratory illness, flu and covid cases are on the rise.  

Here are the following mask mandates from local area hospitals:

Starting Monday January 8th, the University of Pennsylvania Health System will require patients and visitors to wear a mask during their appointment and while on the premises. The website states:

“Patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or who have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, sore throat, nasal congestion) must wear a mask.

Visitors who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or who have symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to enter any facility, even with a mask.”

Main Line Health System, which includes Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr and Riddle Hospitals to name a few, requires all staff, patients and visitors to wear masks in clinical and common areas for at least the next two weeks.

Jefferson Health is requiring all staff ‘in patient-facing locations’ to wear a mask until January 29th.  Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey is requiring all visitors to wear a mask when in a patient room. Furthermore, all patients and visitors must wear masks at all of Cooper’s outpatient offices and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Locations.

Other states that have reinforced a masking policy die to recent case spike include New York, California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Data from the CDC shows over 29,000 Covid hospitalizations and 14,700 flu hospitalizations across the United States from December 17-23.





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