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Siskin Hospital expresses support for mask mandate

July 28, 2020

Siskin Hospital, in conjunction with Hamilton County, the Hamilton County Health Department, and the City of Chattanooga, urges all citizens to support the recent mandate for masking in public spaces that began July 10 and will be in effect through September 8.

Because COVID-19 is affecting so many of Hamilton County residents, having led to 4,610 positive cases and 41 deaths, and particularly with the substantial increase in July cases, Siskin Hospital continues to take preventive measures to stay healthy. This is especially important for the sake of our patients and our healthcare workers who provide services and needed care to Chattanooga-area residents.

“We’ve taken this virus seriously from the very beginning and initiated safety guidelines and protocols to protect our patients and associates,” said President and CEO Dr. Matt Gibson. “We believe our city and county’s mandate is in the best interests of all.”

Siskin Hospital requires its associates to mask at all times they are in contact with other associates or caring for patients. In addition to mask wearing, hand hygiene, social distancing and avoidance of large crowds are critical in order to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and the increasing need for hospital treatment.

A new study published in the journal Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease* recently cncluded that masking does indeed protect from respiratory virus transmission.

*Liang, M; Gao, L.; Cheng, C.; Zhou, Q.; Uy, J.P.; Heiner, K.; Sun, C. “Efficacy of face mask in preventing respiratory virus transmission: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Article in Press: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease.