GILLETTE, Wyo. — Effective immediately, Campbell County Health’s phasing out masking for employees, providers, contractors and volunteers in most circumstances.
The acute care community hospital announced this afternoon that staff will be allowed to unmask unless they’re in contact with a patient or if CCH Employee Health and Safety asks them to mask.
“We have been working towards this moment for some time now,” CCH CEO Matt Shahan said in a news release. “Through extra precautions, we are able to comply with both CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] and DNV standards while taking this step to phase out masking at our facilities.”
Leadership has been addressing concerns and input from community members and employees, the release said. In 2022, CCH phased out masking for patients and visitors.
“CCH thanks the community and its employees, providers, contractors, and volunteers for their patience in waiting for this moment,” the release said. “Campbell County Health is dedicated to the health and safety of its community and will continue to respond appropriately if and when required.”
The Legacy Living & Rehabilitation Center’s current policies remain in effect regarding masking, since regulatory bodies have different regulations for hospital settings and long-term care settings, the release said. Visitors must mask in communal areas, and staff will continue to mask unless they’re in resident-restricted areas. Residents are still encouraged to mask.