Hospital easing mask rules per CDC


CLINTON — Warner Hospital & Health Services has eased its mask restrictions after Gov. JB Pritzker announced more flexible rules for the state.

Hospital CEO Paul Skowron announced the changes during Tuesday’s city council meeting.  The decision came after Pritzker announced a change in his executive order on Friday, loosening mask requirements in Illinois to be in line with CDC guidelines.

“County-by-county, as long as you’re not in the high category, you can loosen your restrictions,” Skowron said.  “But, it doesn’t say to what extent.

Skowron said that meant mask restrictions could be subject to change from month to month if the county were suddenly pushed into a high risk area because of increasing COVID cases.

“Or, if too many counties in the state get too high, he (Pritzker) could change his executive order.”

After a review with medical staff, the hospital approved loosening mask restrictions in public areas of the facility.  Masks will not be required in those areas, but visitors and staff may still wear masks if they feel more comfortable.

“But, in patient care areas, where there is direct patient contact, the employees and the patients will still be required to wear masks,” Skowron said.  “Because we are going into a flu season, we want to be careful.  We don’t know what might change with health conditions as we go into the winter.”

• See the complete story in the Friday, Oct. 21 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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