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  • May 08, 2023

CHA To Become Mask Optional on May 12, 2023

Learn what these changes mean for CHA patients and visitors.

With the national COVID-19 public health emergency ending on May 11th, masking in healthcare facilities will no longer be mandatory.

As a result, starting May 12, 2023 masking will be optional in most CHA buildings and clinics.

Masks will still be available in our lobbies for those who wish to wear one.

Why is CHA going mask-optional?

As healthcare providers, we understand that COVID and Flu are still dangerous health threats. But as cases and hospitalizations are currently low, and many people have been vaccinated, we feel that going mask-optional is the right decision at this time.

Given the ever-changing nature of infectious disease, CHA may require people to wear masks again at some point in the future.

In what areas do I still need to wear a mask?

As some people remain at high risk for illness, we are still requiring masks for patients, visitors and staff in the following locations:

  • The Infusion Clinics at CHA Cambridge Hospital and CHA Everett Hospital, which care for a high number of patients with cancer.
  • The Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at CHA Everett Hospital (Lewis 2).
  • Hospital rooms where patients have COVID.
  • If you have symptoms, or if you are in areas where our staff feel you need protection or we need to protect the health of our patients.

What if you want to wear a mask?

We respect that many people want to continue wearing masks. We think this is a great idea, especially if you are immuno-compromised or feel you are at risk of illness. Please wear a mask if you have symptoms of respiratory illness, like fever, congestion, sneezing or coughing.

What if you want your providers to wear a mask?

We will honor all patient requests to be cared for only by masked staff. Just let us know when you come in.

Thank you!

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