Bassett Healthcare Network Will Continue to Require Masks in All Healthcare Settings

Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network will continue to require masks for all people in patient care and public areas of our buildings, including in hospitals, clinics, long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, and school-based health centers.

COVID-19 and influenza community transmission rates in Central New York remain high or substantial. As a health care organization, we care for the most vulnerable members of our communities. The safety of our patients, residents, caregivers, and visitors remains our top priority.

The New York State Department of Health’s latest safety guidance continues to affirm the importance of masking as a key infection prevention tool. Like every other health system in New York State, Bassett has been asked to implement masking and other personal protective equipment (PPE) plans in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – this means, among other criteria, that masking is focused on COVID-19 community transmission rates.

Bassett’s experts in Infection Prevention and other disciplines will continue to monitor community transmission levels and proceed forward with safety measures that are aligned with CDC guidance and in the best interest of our patients and communities.

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit Follow Bassett on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. Bassett Healthcare Network is an equal opportunity provider and employer.