Tomah Health updates masking and visitor policies

TOMAH (WKBT) — Tomah Health is following the lead of other health care facilities and requiring higher-quality masks at all of its locations.

Tomah Health cited increases in local COVID-19 cases and transmissions as the impetus for its decision. All patients and visitors will be required to wear medical-grade masks, cloth masks with a nose wire or N95 or KN95 masks in Tomah Health facilities.

Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Myhre said the policy change announced Monday will apply to patients and visitors at Tomah Health, its Warrens Clinic and Hospice Touch / Life Choices Palliative Care facility.

Patients and visitors without those masks will be offered a medical-grade mask during the screening process. She said unaccepted masks include neck gaiters, bandanas, masks with vents, and cloth masks without a nose wire. “Our change in masking continues are efforts to best protect our patients, visitors and staff,” Myhre said.

Patients will also only be allowed one visitor per 24 hours and no visitors under the age of 18 are permitted except in special circumstances.

“It is critical for everyone to do the basics like masking and distancing in public, staying home when you’re sick and washing hands often to help prevent the spread of viruses,” Myhre said. “With the continued support from the public, following these recommendations will also help ease pressure on our staff.”

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