At Guthrie County Hospital & Clinics, our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our patients, staff and communities. Effective immediately, all patients and visitors will be required to wear a face mask when entering Guthrie County Hospital and GCH Clinics per the CDC recommendations.

If you have your own face mask, please bring it with you. Handmade cloth masks can be obtained by contacting Guthrie County Public Health at (641) 747-3972. If you do not have a face mask, the hospital and/or clinic will provide you a mask.

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

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Content resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)