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COVID Mask Mandates Return to Hospitals in Five States

Hospitals across the U.S. are reinstating COVID-19 mask mandates.

Hospitals in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Washington D.C. have all brought back divisive rules meaning masks are mandatory for selected people in medical settings. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has recorded a 10.4 percent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations across America in the week leading up to December 16. There has been an increase of 3.4 percent in deaths related to coronavirus in the same period.

Mask mandates have long been controversial since they were implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, which reached the U.S. in early 2020. Medical professionals and the CDC have consistently advocated for mask wearing, including outside of doctor’s office or hospital. Currently, no state in the country has a mandatory mask policy for any indoor and outdoor setting.

This week, Mass General Brigham, the largest health system in Massachusetts, said that effective January 2, masks will be essential for healthcare staff directly engaging with patients in clinical-care settings until respiratory illnesses fall below a certain percentage. Patients and visitors are also strongly encouraged to wear masks, which will be provided by the hospital, and staff in hallways and common areas are exempt.

Mass General Brigham said that its policy is determined by the percentage of patients with respiratory illness symptoms presenting at emergency departments or outpatient clinics.

The mandatory masking rule is activated when this percentage surpasses 2.85 percent for two consecutive weeks and will be lifted once the rate falls below the same percentage for a week.

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, also said that it would require masks wearing for patients and staff on December 18. The hospital added that the policy would be in place for the foreseeable future.

The hospital said on its website: “We check a number of different data points, including rates of influenza-like illness, staff absenteeism, and emergency room visits and hospitalizations caused by respiratory viruses. We will lift the mask requirement when these data points remain consistently lower.”

Staff at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington D.C. are currently required to wear a mask while at work, according to political website The Hill.

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics are also asking that people wear masks in its medical buildings, including University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital and East Madison Hospital.

In New York, NYC Health + Hospitals has said there would now be a mask policy in place at all of its facilities, adding on its website that “COVID-19 and other respiratory infections continue to pose a threat to all New Yorkers.”

Hospitals in California are also asking patients, workers and visitors to mask up.

Officials in Yolo County said in a news release that, due to “a rise in respiratory virus activity in the community,” individuals should consider wearing masks “in crowded, indoor spaces.” Aimee Sisson, Yolo County public health officer, said: “Our wastewater monitoring program is currently detecting high COVID-19 and RSV levels. I recommend that everybody in the community take steps to protect themselves from infection, including wearing a high-quality mask when indoors around others.”

Marin County hospitals have had a mask mandate in place since November 1 of this year. In Santa Clara County, masks have been required since April 4, 2023. In San Francisco, masks are required in hospital settings for all workers in medical fields and in prisons.

READ 95 COMMENTS
  • Louis Galmarini says:

    Fool me once, forcing me to do/say anything against my will – shame on you.

    (Attempt to) fool me twice – I WILL FIND YOU AND I WILL KILL YOU. That goes for ANYONE, (including ILLEGITIMATE ‘presidents’.

    Did you hear that DOJ/Gestapo? When you come for me – BE PREPARED TO DIE…

  • Sickofthebs says:

    Don’t live in any of those states, but even if I did they can go fuck them selves.it has been proven multiple times,by multiple studies,from reputable labs and scientists. that the masks don’t work,they never did and in fact do more harm than good. nothing but optics and feel good politics as if any of these hospitals gave two actual shits about patient health and wellbeing

  • Greg Hernandez says:

    Idiots , the darned masks are of no use against the man made Chinese virus . Same darned fools took the BEST , Natural anti Flu medicine off the market when China unleashed this poison . Quinine is the best NATURAL anti virus medicine. Their stupidity and greed for power has caused the deaths of too many people world wide.More DOCTORS need to stand up against this hypocrisy .

  • Jewel says:

    But doesn’t talk about how (Swine Flu) H1N1 is most prominent virus going around.
    How come in the past, when the Flu was at high numbers, We Never Were Mandated to Wear Masks.

  • Auntie Vyris® says:

    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” ~2Chronicles 7:14

    Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

    Humble yourself. Repent. Trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation. The time is short.

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