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Non-Patient Facing Employees Mask Update

The Ohio Department of Health has published a Director’s Order for facial coverings.  Kettering Health Network is adopting this recommendation for our non-patient facing employees.   

All non-patient facing employees must always wear facial coverings when:  

A.) In any indoor network facility in accordance with the guidelines below: 

Mask use in personal office/cube space and conference rooms. The requirement for non-patient facing employees to wear a facial covering does not apply when the individual is alone in an enclosed space, such as an office, or in lieu of an enclosed space, the individual is separated by at least six feet in all directions from all other individuals, and in either case the space is not intended for use or access by the public. This includes enclosed or open cube space as well as conference rooms provided the six-foot distance can be consistently maintained. 

Mask use in common public areas. While masks can be removed when you can consistently maintain a six-foot distance in personal office/cube space and non-public conference rooms, non-patient facing employees are still required to wear masks in common public areas. The common areas include but not limited to, hallways, elevators, when entering or exiting the building, and when approaching a person’s cubical.   

B.) Outside a network facility and not able to consistently maintain a six foot or more distance from individuals.   

There are no changes to the required mask policy for employees who provide direct patient care or services.  N95 or isolation masks are still required for direct-patient care. 

July 30, 2020