Are patient and visitors allowed to wear face shields rather than masks?

An update to this guidance has been published.

 

While masking is the preferred intervention to prevent transmission, some people may ask to utilize face shields to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not endorse the use of face shields. However, recent data suggest some benefit, as long as the shield covers the full face down to below the chin area.

If a patient or visitor comes to our hospitals or clinics with a face shield, they will be allowed into the facility just as if they were wearing a mask.