Yes, proper masks are still required

Staff may be fully vaccinated, but pandemic precautions remain in place, including approved masks.


Everyone who works in an Asante facility is now vaccinated, but that doesn’t mean we have lifted the rules on proper masking. All staff, especially those working in nonclinical areas, must still wear appropriate face coverings. That means no buffs or gaiters — neck scarves that pull up to cover the nose and mouth — as substitutes.

It’s unclear if these alternative face coverings have enough protective layering, and when removed they can drag contaminants across the skin.

Proper masks:

  • Have at least two layers of washable, breathable fabric.
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face with no gaps.
  • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.

Remember that while all staff members are fully vaccinated, visitors entering the facilities to see patients may not be. Asante is continuing is pandemic precautions until the COVID-19 threat is over.

Tags: buffs, covid-19, gaiters, infection, mask, pandemic precautions
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