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Masking Guidance

Following the expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, UI Health will balance the health benefits and social impact of masking in the care space. We encourage masking as a preventative measure and will ensure masks are available to anyone who requests one.

Masking is:

  • Optional in the following settings:
    • Public spaces and corridors
    • For routine clinical care
  • Recommended in the following areas:
    • Emergency Department
    • Critical Care Units
    • Settings or locations where patients are likely to be immunosuppressed
    • If your patient is wearing a mask, consider asking them if they would like you to also wear a mask
  • Required in the following scenarios:
    • Transmission-based isolation
    • Individuals with respiratory illness symptoms
    • If a patient requests that their care team or others entering their room wear a mask
    • Staff who return to work after testing positive for COVID-19 are required to wear a mask through day 10 from onset of illness