October 1, 2020: Universal Mask Protocol - Update (Effective September 30, 2020)
On April 3, 2020, UConn Health instituted a Universal Mask protocol that required all employees, patients, learners, visitors and others in UConn Health facilities to wear masks at all times while in any public space or an area of the facility where they may be within 6 feet of another individual.
This communication serves as an update to the UConn Health Universal Mask protocol. All employees, patients, learners, visitors and others will continue to be required to wear masks while in UConn Health facilities, in the absence of a medical contraindication. Based on published science and guidance from public health authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gaiters, bandanas and masks containing exhalation valves will not be considered acceptable masks in satisfying our universal masking requirement. Homemade masks may be worn by employees, patients, learners, visitors and others in non-clinical areas; however, for employees and learners in the clinical areas, homemade masks shall only be worn if covered with a surgical or procedure mask. Additionally, UConn Health-issued N95 respirators with exhalation valves have been approved for use in specific clinical areas for non-sterile procedures only; such respirators shall not be used in any other area or for any other purpose apart from those approved, and all employees and learners must wear a procedure mask over the N95 respirator with exhalation valve issued when wearing such respirators.
Any individual who seeks to enter the facility without an acceptable mask will be provided one prior to entry which will be required to be worn while at UConn Health.
Bandanas, gaiters, and masks with exhalation valves are not allowed.
As a reminder, masks must be worn correctly while on campus, covering the nose and mouth. If a mask cannot satisfactorily cover the nose and mouth the individual will be provided a hospital-issued mask which will be required to be worn while in UConn Health facilities.
In situations in which masks are removed (i.e., eating), individuals must maintain 6 feet of distance from others in order to reduce the potential for infection transmission.