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CarolinaEast Medical Center Expands Mask Requirement

Hospital news | Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Contact: Brandy Popp

(New Bern, NC) – Beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2020, anyone entering CarolinaEast Medical Center is required to wear a mask for protection. This new measure is being implemented in light of the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CarolinaEast implemented mask requirements for all staff last week and is now expanding the requirement to any and all visitors, vendors and outpatients, as well as inpatients when anywhere outside of their private rooms. To help conserve its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply, CarolinaEast asks that those from the public entering a CarolinaEast facility wear their own mask (preferably cloth or handmade) when possible. CarolinaEast will, however, have masks available for those that arrive at the medical center without one.

In addition, CarolinaEast Physician clinics recommend all patients arriving for appointments wear their own mask, and handmade masks will be provided as they become available. CarolinaEast appreciates all of the donated masks received from the community and will continue to accept those until the need is filled.

“The current guidance from the CDC has determined these additional mask precautions are necessary at this time,” says Dr. Ron May, Vice President of Medical Affairs at CarolinaEast Health System. “We ask for the public’s help in providing their own mask when possible to conserve medical grade masks for our clinical staff. There are many resources on how to properly make and wear a handmade cloth mask, including the CDC’s website.”

The new mask requirement is in addition to the current no visitor policy, screening guidelines and many other precautions previously implemented at CarolinaEast. Visit www.carolinaeasthealth.com to learn more about CarolinaEast’s efforts to protect its patients, visitors and staff from COVID-19.