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Arnot Health Requiring Masking in Certain Clinical Health Areas


Due to an increase in the prevalence of respiratory illnesses, including Influenza, RSV, and COVID-19, Arnot Health is mandating the wearing of masks in certain patient care areas of our hospital campuses. Until January 18th, employees, visitors, and volunteers in the following areas will be required to wear a mask to help protect our patients and each other from infection.

• Inpatient Hospital Units
• Emergency Departments
• Skilled Nursing Units at St. Joseph’s and Ira Davenport Hospitals
• Falck Cancer Center
• Infusion Center at Arnot Ogden Medical Center

Since the end of November 2023, the number of RSV patients has been increasing in both children and adults, doubling in December. Since the first influenza-related admission on December 1, 2023, Arnot Health has seen nearly 150 outpatients test positive for the flu, and 14 patients admitted to our hospitals. Finally, since October 2023, the healthcare system has seen the number of inpatients with COVID-19 triple. These trends and the prevalence of other respiratory illnesses led to the institution of the two-week mask requirement in patient care areas, and in all other areas on Arnot campuses, they are making a strong recommendation that masks be worn. Patients who are medically able to wear a mask will also be expected to do so, and masks will be available in all areas.

This action is being taken to safeguard the health of our patients, visitors, and staff, and will be re-evaluated in 14 days.

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