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Face Masks Still Required in Intermountain Healthcare Facilities, Including Intermountain Garfield Memorial Hospital


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Despite the lifting of mask mandates at many public sites, patients and visitors are still required to wear a mask when inside Garfield Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home. Courtesy Becki Bronson

PANGUITCH – Despite masking mandates being lifted at many public sites, such as airports, all Intermountain facilities, including Garfield Memorial Hospital and Garfield Memorial Nursing Home, still require patients and visitors all to wear a mask at all times while inside the facility.

The requirement for masking is in place indefinitely.

The Intermountain policy requires that face masks be worn at all times, including, but not limited to: inside the concourse; in all patient areas; in waiting rooms; anywhere inside the nursing home; and inside the hospital café.

Patients and visitors are asked to bring their own masks. However, if they forget, there are disposable masks available at entrances, and at every department inside the hospital.

“We really need the public’s continued help and support with masking inside the hospital,” said DeAnn Brown, Garfield Memorial Hospital Administrator and CEO. “I think there’s an incorrect perception that because of the relaxing of some visitor restrictions at the hospital, or because some masking requirements have changed in other prominent places like schools or airports, that perhaps it would mean masking inside the hospital has also been lifted. That’s not the case.”

“We’re asking for each person who comes to the hospital, clinics, or long-term care facility to continue to support this very important protective measure of masking while inside our facilities,” added Brown.

Intermountain’s masking policy is supported by the Utah Hospital Association’s recommendation for all healthcare settings to continue to implement a masking requirement.

“It makes sense to wear a mask at places of healing like our hospital,” said Hailie Pollock, Nurse Administrator at Garfield Memorial Hospital. “People come to our facilities because they need help and support with their health, sometimes they are fighting for their life. Masking helps prevent the spread of germs—and helps protect those who are susceptible to germs or have compromised immune systems. We work extremely hard to keep the hospitals clean and safe, and masking helps support that work. Along with masking, it’s important to also remember to sanitize your hands as you enter the hospital to continue to keep the hospital as clean and germ free an environment as possible.”

For information on masking, go to: intermountainhealthcare.org/health-wellness-promotion/pandemics/covid/masking-guidelines/

—Garfield Memorial Hospital

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