Universal Masking Policy

Universal Masking Policy

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Universal Masking | Effective 5/11/2020

The Centers for Disease and Prevention Center (CDC) encourages everyone in a health care facility, who is not wearing PPE, to wear a cloth face covering.

For the safety and protection of our patients, visitors and caregivers, everyone entering our facilities must wear a face covering/mask and practice social distancing, effective May 11, 2020.

  • Face coverings protect others around you. For this to be effective, it requires everyone to wear a face covering within the health care setting. To prevent spread of respiratory secretions (talking, sneezing, coughing), cloth face coverings should cover both the nose and mouth.
  • Cloth face coverings are NOT PPE and NOT a substitute for PPE
  • Patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to bring and wear their own face coverings when arriving at Monroe Clinic facility for a scheduled appointment or procedure
  • Symptom screening will be continue to be conducted for all those entering our facilities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be offered to or worn by anyone:
    • Under the age of two years.
    • Who has trouble breathing, whose medical condition does not otherwise support the wearing of a face covering or if a surgical/droplet mask or other PPE is required.
    • Who is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the face covering without assistance.

The following measures must be followed when wearing a cloth face covering:

  • Cloth face covering must cover both nose and mouth and fit snugly against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Be laundered/washed daily without impact to fit or shape
  • Perform proper hand hygiene anytime you touch, change or adjust the cloth mask.

Types of face masks recommended:

  • Two-layer cloth
  • FDA-cleared surgical
  • Face shield worn with other recommended mask

Types of face masks not recommended:

  • Face shield alone
  • Cloth mask wtih vent
  • Bandana
  • Gaiter

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, always remember to practice the following:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub/sanitizer and avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid work gatherings or huddles where social distancing of six-feet cannot be maintained.
  • Work from home if you are able and stay home if you are ill.

While we need to reserve critical supplies for symptomatic patients and our staff, we encourage those visiting our facilities to try one of the many options available for individuals, like homemade masks, or others you can make with items from your homes.

Interested in volunteering to sew masks? Monroe Clinic is in need of people willing to sew cloth face masks. If you are interested in helping, please contact Dawn Meier at 608-293-7255 or MON-donations@ssmhealth.com for specific patterns and quantities needed.