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Masking Policies on Chinese Hospital Facilities and Clinics

Chinese Hospital is revising its masking policy to align with new San Francisco public health orders and California Department of Public Health order:

  • Effective April 3, wearing masks is now optional, but recommended, in all areas except those where patients are present, including elevators and lobbies where clinical services are provided.
  • Masks are available at nurse stations and at the facility entrance area.
  • Please respect and support everyone’s individual decisions, including those who choose to continue to wear a mask even if not required.
  • Wearing a mask helps protect others in our community who may be immunocompromised or at greater risk for serious illness.
  • Masks differ in the degree of protection they provide. N-95 respirators provide the highest level of protection, followed by K-95, surgical masks, and Cal OSHA-accepted cloth masks.

All Employees can eat, drink, or meet using the following guidelines (Effective April 3, 2023):

Chinese Hospital Masking Guidance 2023 in English

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I (Healthcare Personnel) still need to wear a mask? 

  • Masking is still required for all employees in areas where patients are present, including elevators and lobbies.

Q: Do I still need to screen upon entry to the facility premises?

  • No, but you should continue to follow the guidance.

Q: What other measures should I take to protect myself?

  • Hand hygiene is crucial in preventing the transmission of infections and is an essential part of preventing COVID-19 infection in healthcare settings and in the community.
  • Cleaning environmental surfaces that are touched by multiple people is also an important measure to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Stay home if you are ill and notify the supervisor/manager and HR department.
  • Wear a mask if you have a resolving illness or symptoms.

Q: Are patients and visitors still required to wear a mask?

  • No, patients and visitors are recommended but not required to wear a mask while in the facility patient care area except if the patient on isolation for a communicable disease visitors must follow any instructions posted and as instructed by the nurse.

Masks are recommended to wear as protection against getting or spreading COVID-19 whenever:

  • Community spread is high, like during surges
  • You want protection in indoor public settings, or in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces.
  • You, or someone you live with or spend time with, are at risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
  • You feel at risk.
  • You are concerned about long COVID.

People may choose to wear masks, even when they are not required. Please respect the choices others make for their health.