Frequently asked questions–Face masks
Masks will be available within clinics or on your unit. If you interact with patients but are within a service that is not assigned to one specific unit, such as Respiratory Therapy, Food and Nutrition Services, etc., please work with your manager.
If you work directly with or have face-to-face contact with patients OR if you work in a patient-facing area, you should wear a medical-grade mask in addition to your face shield.
Face shields are your primary protection against droplet and contact spread and should continue to be worn at all times, as they have several advantages over masks, such as protection for the eyes, nose, and mouth; protection of your mask against contamination; and prevention of touching of the face. They can also be cleaned, disinfected, and reused, so will continue to provide protection if critical mask shortages continue. We are adding medical-grade masks to align more closely with CDC recommendations.
You should wear a medical-grade mask, also known as a surgical mask or isolation mask. This does not include N95 respirators.
All patients and visitors who arrive at our facilities for care who do not have their own face mask will be provided with a medical-grade mask. If the patient arrives with their own cloth mask they will not be asked to remove their mask and put on a new one.
Patients unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons will be provided a face shield. Face masks should not be worn by children age two or younger.
Patients who have COVID-19 or are PUIs should wear medical-grade masks.
You should store masks in a clean, dry space.
Yes, you should thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
Yes, you should thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after removing your mask.
You should launder your cloth mask daily.
Clean your cloth face mask in non-scented/allergy free detergent. Do not use dryer sheets.
At this time, we are not providing central laundering services for personal cloth masks.