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Mask Mandates returned to Los Angeles County healthcare facilities last week.
They are now coming to New York Hospitals.
Mask mandates have returned to New York City hospitals after a 17% uptick in COVID -19 hospital admissions, the New York Daily News has reported.
Los Angeles County healthcare facilities issued similar requirements last week after the county entered the “medium” level of COVID-19 hospital admissions as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York reached a “high” level of respiratory illness activity (COVID, RSV, and the flu) on Dec. 29, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“As we’ve seen an increase in COVID, flu and RSV, this is really to protect our patients, staff and the community,” Christopher Miller, spokesman for NYC Health + Hospitals, told the Daily News.
The requirement is for areas where patients are being treated.
ABC 7 NY reported:
Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said Wednesday the requirement is for areas of the hospital where patients are being treated.
He said it is also partially to protect the staff from incoming sickness as the numbers of patient cases rise. He said city hospitals are currently handling patient levels well and none are overwhelmed.
Vasan said the mask mandate is the right move as we come out of the holiday season.