Westchester Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital Enforce Mandatory Mask Policy in Emergency Departments

In a proactive measure against the recent surge in respiratory illnesses, the Westchester Medical Center Health Network has announced a new policy mandating masks for all visitors and staff within the Emergency Departments of its hospitals, specifically highlighting Westchester Medical Center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital.

Following recommendations from the state Department of Health, this decision comes as a direct response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the area, with approximately 380 individuals testing positive in Westchester County just last Friday. The mask requirement extends beyond the Emergency Department to all public areas of these hospitals, including nursing stations, lobbies, waiting areas, and elevators.

In addition to the mask mandate, a rigorous screening process for COVID-19 and flu-like symptoms will be conducted for all visitors upon arrival. Those showing symptoms such as coughing or a runny nose will be denied entry to the hospital facilities.

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network is taking these steps to ensure the safety and well-being of its patients, staff, and the broader community, and urges everyone to comply with these new health guidelines to help control the spread of respiratory illnesses.

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