Face masks are no longer be required in hospitals and other health care facilities in New York state regardless of a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status.
The state Department of Health announced Friday that the mask mandate would expire Sunday, February 12. Health care facilities will be able to craft their own masking rules based on CDC guidance that takes local case counts, COVID transmission levels, and open hospital beds into account.
The CDC dropped its mask requirement for health care facilities last fall.
The latest from the DOH does not affect any facility requirements unrelated to COVID-19, including those in place for Influenza.
WRFA contacted UPMC Chautauqua and The Chautauqua Center on whether their mask requirements have changed.
Only TCC responded, stating they are not changing their masking policy. Masks are still required at TCC, Chautauqua PT & OT, and Tri-County Family Medicine until further review and notice.
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