Masks will no longer be required at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Cheyenne Regional Medical Group clinics starting tomorrow, March 8, at midnight.

Cheyenne Regional in a release Monday said the changes are being made due to the substantial decrease in local COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and because the incidence of local influenza cases has also decreased and stabilized.

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According to the release, visitors and patients who do not have respiratory symptoms and fully vaccinated staff, providers, volunteers, and contractors who have had the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine may continue to wear a mask if that is their preference, but they will not be required to do so.

Of course, there are some exceptions (see below).

Patients, employees, contractors, and visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or the flu will be required to mask up in the hospital and CRMG clinics for at least five days after exposure, even if they are asymptomatic.

And staff, providers, volunteers, and contractors who have received exemptions for the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine and who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask until flu/respiratory season ends on April 1.

Officials say a masking requirement may be reinstated for unvaccinated staff, providers, contractors, and volunteers in the next flu/respiratory season, which typically begins in October.


Exceptions:

  • Staff, providers, contractors and volunteers who have received exemptions for the influenza and/or COVID-19 vaccine and who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask until flu/respiratory season ends on April 1, 2023. A masking requirement may be reinstated for unvaccinated staff, providers, contractors and volunteers in the next flu/respiratory season, which typically begins in October.
  • Employees experiencing cold or other illness symptoms but who still feel well enough to work will be required to wear a mask.
  • Patients and visitors who have cold- or flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a mask.
  • Patients, employees, contractors and visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or the flu are required to wear a mask in the hospital and CRMG clinics for at least five days after exposure, even if they are asymptomatic.
  • Infection prevention precautions will still be followed for patients, including those in isolation precaution. Employees, providers and visitors may be required to wear a mask or other personal protective equipment when treating or interacting with certain patients.

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