Masking Policies on Chinese Hospital Facilities and Clinics

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.