15 hospitals, health systems bringing back mask policies

Heading into fall, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising, according to the CDC's most recent data, and that trend has already prompted several hospitals across the country to reinstate mask policies.

Here are the hospitals and health systems that have already done so:

Note that this list is not exhaustive and will be updated as new information becomes available.  

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital is requiring all employees to wear masks effective Sept. 25, ABC affiliate WCPO reported The health system is strongly recommending patients and visitors also wear masks, though it's not required.

  • University of Chicago Medicine Center is requiring staff to wear masks when in direct contact with patients, CBS 2 News reported Sept. 15.

  • Mount Nittany Health in State College, Pa., is once again requiring masks at its facilities, statecollege.com reported Sept. 14.

  • Cape Regional Medical Center in Middle Township, N. J., has brought back its mask policy, nj.com reported Sept.14.

  • Augusta Health in Fishersville, Va., published a notice Sept. 12 stating that masking in vulnerable hospital areas like the emergency department and obstetric care departments is now required.

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y. brought back its mask policy only for its emergency department setting, Syracuse.com reported Sept. 1.

  • Samaritan Health in Watertown, N.Y., will once again require masks for staff, visitors and patients acorss all facilities beginning Aug. 31.

  • Nuvance Health in Danbury, Conn. reinstated its mask policy for several locations across the state, according to an Aug. 29 report from Connecticut News 12.

  • Oswego (N.Y.) Hospital has issued a 14-day mask policy for all clinical and patient settings due to rising COVID-19 cases. The policy went into effect  Aug. 25 and will be reevaluated after 14 days. 

  • City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., has kept its mask policy in tact, while others have loosened theirs, Cancer Therapy Advisor reported Aug. 25.

  • UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., reinstated a mask mandate for staff Aug. 24, according to CBS News Boston. The policy was reintroduced amid a "dramatic increase" in the number of COVID-19 positive employees over the past few weeks. If the trend continues, the hospital said it will require masks for anyone who enters the building. The policy will be revisited in four weeks.

  • United Health Services in upstate New York brought back mask policies at several locations including — UHS Wilson Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital — as of Aug. 23.

  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center reinstated its mask policy Aug. 22.

  • Auburn (N.Y.) Community Hospital has restored its mask mandate Aug. 18, ABC affiliate WSYR reported.

  • Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., reinstated a mask mandate Aug. 1.

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