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Updated Face Mask Requirements Effective April 20

It’s LVHN’s duty to keep you and our colleagues safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Based on recent recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health, LVHN will require all colleagues and visitors to wear a mask, beginning Monday, April 20.

Before you enter LVHN hospitals, LVPG practices or outpatient locations, we encourage you to put on a cloth face mask. If you don’t have a face mask, don’t worry. We will help you get one. Thanks to donations from our generous and crafty community members, we have thousands of handmade cloth masks ready for your use.

It’s important to remember these tips for wearing a cloth face mask:

  • Snug fit – It should lie comfortably against the side of your face and be secured with ties or ear loops.

  • Layer up – Include multiple layers of fabric in your face mask, but make sure to allow for breathing without restriction.

  • Wear with care – When putting on and removing your mask, do not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. While your mask is on, try not to touch or adjust it. This will reduce the chance of the virus moving from your mask to your hands, or vice versa. Wash your hands immediately before putting the mask on and after taking it off.

  • Keep it clean – Make sure your face mask can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape. Clean it after every use.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unable to remove the mask without assistance.

We appreciate your help to keep our health care workers and our community safe.

For more details on homemade face coverings, including face mask patterns, download this PDF from the CDC.