Effective today, Community Health Network requires all caregivers, patients and visitors to wear masks at all sites in central Indiana.
We are seeing more patients with covid, flu and RSV in our hospitals. They are filled with respiratory patients. For this reason, we are reinstating masks in our hospitals. So if you come to visit, you will be asked to wear a mask in both hospitals and office-based settings,” said Dr. Robin Ledyard, Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Network, in a statement on the mask mandate.
Visitor restrictions went into effect a week ago at all Community Health Network hospitals due to the flu outbreak. The mandatory mask policy is another step to help create a safe and healthy environment for patients, the health system said in a press release.
Ledyard is also encouraging patients to contact their primary care provider for guidance on the best place to care for them.
“Our emergency departments are very busy with sick people and we appreciate your time. So if you can call first, we think it’s great if you can get directions on where to go.” she said in the statement.
The community offers several care options outside of the emergency room, including MedChecks, community clinics at Walgreens, primary care providers and virtual care.