Use of masks by patients, visitors and staff will be reduced starting February 14, 2023Keywords:
HUS has updated its instructions on the use of surgical face masks due to the decrease in number of COVID-19 patients.
Patients at risk for a severe COVID-19 infection are still recommended to wear a disposable surgical face mask when visiting HUS units.
Visitors must wear a disposable surgical mask when visiting patient rooms in adult somatic inpatient wards or monitoring and intensive care units. Visitors will no longer be required to wear a mask in the hallways, lobbies, and outpatient clinics. Read our instructions for visitors here.
Staff in outpatient clinics no longer required to wear masks
Staff will no longer be required to wear surgical face masks in outpatient clinics except when treating immunocompromised patients. Patients can also request staff to wear a face mask. Wearing a mask in the hallways, lobbies, offices or work or meeting rooms will also not be required.
Our staff will continue to wear surgical face masks in the following somatic units for adults: patient areas of emergency departments, patient rooms of inpatient wards, monitoring and intensive care units, and when treating patients of these units elsewhere in the hospital. The staff will also wear face masks in the Pediatric Intensive Care and Intensive Monitoring units when providing close care.