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Cayuga Health Drops Mandatory Masking


Starting Thursday, mandatory masking for all Cayuga Health patients and visitors, including at Schuyler Hospital, will be discontinued due to reduced COVID community and transmission rates. Self-screening will be in place at all Cayuga Health facility entrances. Questions include if you have symptoms, diagnosis, or contact with someone known to be infected with COVID in the past 10 days.

Cayuga Health employees will continue to wear N95 masks and eye protection when caring for those patients who are suspected or known to be COVID-positive. While not required in other cases, masking continues to be recommended to all patients, staff, and visitors. Individuals may choose to use masks based on:

  • personal preference, informed by their perceived level of risk for infection based on their recent activities,
  • their potential for developing severe disease,
  • or if someone in their household is at increased risk for severe disease.

Cayuga Health continues to monitor COVID community and transmission rates and will adjust the policy if cases increase.

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