The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends every person wear a cloth face covering (cloth mask, bandana, etc.) when entering a health care facility and all public settings where maintaining social distancing is difficult (grocery stories, pharmacies, etc.)
Beginning April 22, Kootenai Health asks that all patients and visitors begin wearing a cloth face covering before entering any patient care buildings:
- Kootenai Health hospital
- All Kootenai Clinic locations
- Kootenai Urgent Care locations
- Kootenai Health Rehabilitation Services locations
Wearing a face covering helps everyone keep their germs to themselves and prevents the spread of illness especially among those who may not be aware they have it.
- Cloth face masks should not be placed on young children under age two, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance.
- Regularly wash your cloth face-covering in a washing machine
- Remove your mask carefully without touching eyes, nose and mouth and wash hands immediately after removing