The Sir Lester Bird Medical Center is reinstating the wearing of masks by all persons when visiting a patient and Emergency Room at the hospital.
The mask-wearing policy became optional a few months ago but some businesses and establishments have maintained the rule.
“In addition to COVID-19, a host of respiratory viruses, including Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), have taken hold in many countries throughout the world. These viruses, while often manageable, can cause serious outcomes, especially for children. They can also strain our healthcare system, particularly the hospital,” the SLBMC said.
According to a statement from the SLBMC, the country is facing a new complex; and had no choice but to reinstate the policy to protect lives.
“We are taking a community-wide approach to keep our patients and visitors safe. Masks have been recommended since the start of the pandemic. At this point of higher risk, we have to mandate the mask use once again as part of our precautions this holiday and tourist season to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses and protect young children, older individuals, and those with underlying health conditions”, said Dr. Acheabea Dyer SLBMC Administrative Head of Infectious Disease & Employee Health.
All other persons utilizing services at the hospital—this includes Outpatient Clinic—are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre (SLBMC) continues our work to keep patients, families, and staff safe through the promotion of prevention measures, including the use of available vaccines.
Here are some precautions you can take to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Staying up to date on vaccines, including Flu and COVID-19.
- Keep your hands clean by washing them often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Not coughing or sneezing into your hands; sneeze or cough into your elbow.
- Staying home when sick or symptomatic.
- Wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask when in public indoor spaces.