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Face Masks are Still Required in Delaware Hospitals



March 1, 2022

Christina Crooks Bryan
Delaware Healthcare Association
Mobile: (302) 245-1638

Face Masks are Still Required in Delaware Hospitals
(Dover, DE – March 1, 2022) In light of changing mask guidance and mandates, the Delaware Healthcare Association is reminding the public that face coverings are still required in Delaware hospitals and many other health care settings across the state. This practice is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) continued recommendation of universal masking in health care settings.

“While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining, protecting immunocompromised and severely ill patients from COVID-19 exposure continues to be a priority for Delaware hospitals,” said Wayne A. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware Healthcare Association. “For the safety of our patients, and in line with CDC recommendations for universal masking in the health care setting, wearing a face mask continues to be required in Delaware hospitals. We encourage everyone to be kind and respectful to the health care workers enforcing these policies within the health care setting.”

Wearing a mask helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, both for those who wear the mask and those who spend time around those who are masked. Masking is an especially important mitigation tool since many people who have COVID-19, especially the omicron variant, do not have any symptoms and may not know they even have the virus and are spreading it to others.

The Delaware Healthcare Association is issuing this reminder after Delaware’s indoor mask mandate was lifted February 11th, the CDC updated its masking guidance on February 25th and Delaware’s COVID-19 State of Emergency was lifted on March 1st. Delaware’s Public Health Emergency Order continues to be in effect.

About the Delaware Healthcare Association 
The Delaware Healthcare Association (DHA) is a statewide trade and membership services organization for hospitals and health care systems that serves as a leader in the promotion of effective change in health services through collaboration and consensus building on health care issues at the State and Federal levels. DHA’s vision is to be the leading and respected voice for hospitals and health care delivery systems in Delaware working together to deliver compassionate, accessible, high quality, financially sustainable health care to the patients and communities they serve. DHA’s mission is to provide policy and advocacy leadership in creating an excellent environment for enabling every Delawarean to be as healthy as they can be.

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