St. Luke’s has a policy of mandatory universal masking for patients, visitors, vendors and staff in all facilities. A procedural mask will be required in all patient care environments, as well as all common areas such as hallways, lobbies, waiting rooms, elevators, etc. Cloth face coverings will only be permitted in patient care facilities when they are covered by a procedural mask. St. Luke's will provide procedural masks, if needed.
We are considering how this practice applies to non-COVID/PUI patients in their rooms, when they aren’t within 6 feet of anyone else. Specific guidelines and recommendations are being determined, but in the meantime, we're adhering to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations that these patients should continue to practice social distancing and masking when 6 feet of distance is not possible.