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Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital respond to new CDC Mask Guidelines – mask wearing still required

The CDC released an update on May 13th regarding mask usage both indoors and outdoors for those who are vaccinated. Regarding the usage of masks at hospitals and health related locations, masks are still required for all employees, staff, and patients at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.

All vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals at the hospital or in outpatient or physician practice locations are required to wear a mask at all times. Masks, social distancing, and frequently disinfecting commonly used surfaces are all actions the hospitals take to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

In regards to the recent CDC guidelines, Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital stated, “we continue to closely follow the evolving public health guidance related to wearing masks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, as a part of our overall infection prevention strategy, we continue to require staff, providers, patients, and visitors to wear masks. At all times, our policies regarding this matter will be guided by the health as safety interests if all those entering our facilities.

Remember, proper mask usage covers your mouth and nose. If a patient requires a mask, the staff is happy to provide one. There are also hand sanitizer stations located around the building and at the main entrances for your use.

If you would like to receive your vaccine to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and to protect those around you, visit MySpot.NC.Gov to find a vaccine site near you, at a time that works for you.  

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