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PLEASE TELL YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS THAT FACE MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED AT UW MEDICINE HOSPITALS and CLINICS

  • Alert date May 22, 2021

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    Face Masks Are Required at UW Medicine Hospitals and Clinics

    To Our Valued Patients and Their Families:

    UW Medicine is continuing to require that all patients and visitors wear masks in our hospitals and clinics even after they are fully vaccinated. We believe that this policy is necessary to protect our patients, staff and visitors given the current levels of COVID-19 transmission in our community.

    Our masking policy supports the updated directive from Public Health – Seattle & King County, announced on May 20, which states that a well-fitted mask must be worn by everyone 5 years of age and older in healthcare settings and hospitals in King County. In making this decision, Dr. Jeff Duchin said that masks are needed until disease rates decline, and more of the population is protected through vaccination.

    We are also following recently updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by continuing to require the use of well-fitting masks in healthcare facilities. The CDC acknowledged that some people are still at high risk from COVID-19 after they are fully vaccinated. This includes many of our patients at UW Medicine, such as those who are immunocompromised. When we wear masks, we are helping to protect them. UW Medicine appreciates your understanding and cooperation in keeping our patients safe from COVID-19.

    Since the start of the pandemic, UW Medicine has implemented many safety precautions. Because COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat, this is not the right time to let down our guard. We will continue to screen employees, patients and visitors when they enter our facilities, and we ask everyone to maintain physical distancing. Additional restrictions are in effect for visitors, as described in our visitor policy.

    Lisa Brandenburg
    President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics
    Vice President for Medical Affairs
    University of Washington

    Timothy H. Dellit, MD

    Please visit COVID-19 Vaccines for clinic locations, hours and online scheduling.

    We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your cooperation in observing our safety precautions.

    Sincerely,
    Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
    Vice President for Medical Affairs,
    University of Washington and
    President, UW Physicians

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