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WellSpan Health modifies COVID-19 guidelines

May 10, 2022

Patients and visitors are required to wear masks, effective May 11

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WellSpan Health modifies COVID-19 guidelines

Effective Wednesday, May 11, due to the continuing increase of positive COVID-19 cases across South Central Pennsylvania, WellSpan care facilities will again require patients and visitors to wear masks in WellSpan facilities.

Face Mask Wearing

A medical mask (such as a surgical mask, N95 mask, or KN95 mask) must be worn by everyone inside any WellSpan care facility. If a person does not have an appropriate mask, one will be provided by the WellSpan care facility.

Higher-grade medical masks are now more readily available and provide a better alternative to cloth masks against more highly transmissible Omicron variants of COVID-19.

Patient Visitation

WellSpan is continuing to allow open visitation of patients, except for patients who are COVID-19 positive or suspected of being positive pending test results. 

COVID-19 positive or pending hospitalized patients may designate two support persons for visitation. Visitation by one designated support person at a time will be allowed. All approved visitors will be provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that will be worn during the duration of the patient visit.

People who are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) should not visit patients.

Safety Remains Top Priority

WellSpan will continue to monitor the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the community and will adjust all policies as needed to continue to protect our patients and our teams.

To protect yourself, your family, and our communities, remember the simple, effective steps to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities: 

  • Follow face masking and social distancing guidelines. 
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. 
  • Be up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

For more information about COVID-19 visit WellSpan.org/COVID19.