Masking policy back in place at Huntington hospitals

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Mountain Health Network announced Wednesday they are temporarily reinforcing a policy that requires all staff, patients, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in their facilities. This includes Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH), St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC), HIMG, and their Huntington area facilities.

The Huntington area has experienced an uptick in community spread of COVID-19, according to Mountain Health.

Larry Dial, MD, Chief Clinical Officer at Mountain Health said they will monitor the situation moving forward with guidance from the CDC.

“The return to masking was implemented as part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our community, as the CDC recommends masking in health care facilities located in areas of high COVID-19 transmission,” Dial said.

Mountain Health said this change does not apply to Pleasant Valley Hospital. Mason County has a low spread rate of COVID-19.

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