Patients and Visitors Required to Wear Masks When at Humboldt General Hospital

Humboldt General Hospital reminded community members today that all patients and visitors are required to wear a face covering or mask while on the hospital campus.

Chief Operating Officer Tiffany Love said the hospital continues to assess and prioritize the safety of its patients, staff and visitors as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

“The guidance we have received from national, state and county experts continues to confirm the need for universal masking within healthcare settings as a critical tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19,” she said.

If a patient or visitor does not have a mask, HGH will provide one; however, patients and visitors are highly encouraged to bring their own masks to help conserve the supply of masks for front-line medical staff.

Love said patients and visitors will see patient care staff wearing surgical masks. In procedural areas, additional personal protective equipment, such as eye protection, may be worn by staff according to Infection Prevention and Control guidelines. Staff working in non-patient care areas will be wearing cloth or general use masks.

Community members who are unwilling to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the hospital. Those who remove their mask while on the premises will be asked to don their mask once again to ensure maximum protection for themselves and others.

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, facemasks and cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Love said Humboldt General Hospital continues to be humbled by generous offers from the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wishing to donate new personal protective equipment supplies, including all-cotton cloth masks, may call HGH Materials Management at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1730.

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