March 2, 2020

Governor’s Order on Masking

Dear Colleagues:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Medical City Healthcare established important protocols to care for patients with infectious diseases and ensure the safety of colleagues and visitors. I want to assure you that those processes will not change with Gov. Abbott’s lifting of the state mask mandate, which takes effect March 10.

The governor’s order does not preclude establishments from requiring hygiene measures. To assure a safe care environment, all Medical City Healthcare facilities will continue to practice proven tactics for controlling the spread of COVID-19, including universal masking and screening of all colleagues and visitors, as has been our policy for months. This is consistent with other North Texas hospitals. Visitors who refuse to wear a mask should be encouraged to use virtual technology to visit a loved one. House supervisors should be immediately contacted for those who decline.

Science shows that community spread of this virus could increase the risk of mutations, posing potentially new and dangerous challenges and placing further burden on our already stretched healthcare heroes. Wearing a mask can help slow community spread.

While the vaccine rollout is promising, to date only a small fraction of our community is vaccinated, and there is still much work to be done. We urge everyone to stay vigilant in protecting their own health as well as the health of family members, healthcare providers and our community by practicing proven tactics, including wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, maintaining social distancing and staying home when sick.

Sincerely,

Erol Akdamar, FACHE
President
Medical City Healthcare