Saturday, December 9, 2023

Hampton Roads Health Systems Will no Longer Require Masking in Healthcare Facilities

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HAMPTON ROADS- Health systems in Hampton Roads have closely monitored COVID-19 activity for the past three years across our communities, using scientific data and the highest safety standards to guide our decisions throughout the pandemic.

Currently, health systems across the country are seeing a steady decrease in COVID-19, RSV, and flu patients – the three respiratory viruses that triggered a surge in emergency department visits and hospitalizations last fall.

Together, Bon Secours, Bon Secours, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Health System, Riverside Health System and Sentara Healthcare, jointly support removing masking requirements across our healthcare facilities.

Effective, Mar. 21, patients, visitors, and team members will no longer be required to wear a mask at all times within their healthcare facilities. However, masks will still be strongly encouraged, and available, for all patients and visitors.

Exceptions include:

  • Patients who are seeking treatment for a respiratory illness such as COVID-19 or the flu should continue to wear a mask to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Healthcare workers must continue to follow standard and transmission-based precautions during all patient encounters.

All healthcare professionals will continue to follow infection prevention protocols. Health systems will continue to monitor Virginia’s COVID-19 patient dashboard and respiratory illness activity within their communities.

While we continue to evolve their COVID-19 policies, their priority remains the safety of their team members, patients, and community. Masks will continue to be an important tool, along with vaccinations, to keep people healthy and safe. Masks will still be available to patients and visitors who enter their facilities. Additionally, their healthcare colleagues can still wear a mask if they choose to do so.

Health system providers are grateful to healthcare colleagues, patients, and visitors for their cooperation in following important public health measures during the pandemic to protect one another.

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