Samaritan Medical Center announced Wednesday that it will return to mask-optional guidelines effective immediately in most locations for staff, patients and visitors.
The hospital had been requiring masks in each of its locations since late August following an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the community.
There are, however, some exceptions to the mask-optional policy. Masks will still be required in the emergency department and long-term care facilities.
Samaritan said in a statement that the decision to continue to require masks at those locations comes from seeing an increase in positive cases among residents in the long-term care setting and the increased risk associated with patient and employee illness and/or exposure in the emergency department environment.
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