Schneck updates masking guidelines

Beginning Monday, masks will be optional for patients and visitors at Schneck Medical Center facilities due to a sustained decrease in the respiratory illness rates.

“Schneck’s goal is to keep our respiratory illness rates low and continue to prevent transmission,” Natalie Wiethoff, infection preventionist at the Seymour hospital, said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

Patients will be asked to wear a mask if they are currently experiencing or have had fever, chills, cough, sore throat or close contact to someone testing positive for COVID-19, influenza or RSV in the last 48 hours.

Visitors are asked to stay home if they are experiencing any of these symptoms or wear a mask while visiting Schneck facilities.

“Your confidence in our care is a priority,” Wiethoff said. “Please ask our team members to wear a mask if this increases your comfort level at any point during your Schneck experience.”

Schneck’s goal is to keep respiratory illness rates low and continue to prevent transmission. Infection prevention interventions will continue to be implemented throughout its facilities, and organization respiratory illness rates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s community metrics will continue to be monitored.