On Sept. 30, 2022, Longstreet Clinic (LC) implemented an update to mask guidelines for its locations across north Georgia.
As of Sept. 26, 2022, the CDC recommends utilizing the COVID-19 transmission rate map in local areas as it relates to mask wearing. Per the CDC’s map, LC’s offices are located in an area of low transmission currently, therefore we will no longer require face coverings. Employees, patients and visitors may choose to continue to wear masks based on personal preference. The Clinic has provided additional guidance for certain staff members and populations based on CDC recommendations including:
- Offering acutely ill patients with COVID-19 symptoms a mask to wear while in LC facilities.
- Suggesting masks for staff who work work in high risk areas, such as urgent care and other areas that care for acutely ill patients.
- Instructing staff to wear appropriate PPE including face shields, masks, gloves, and etc., while caring for acutely ill patients.
- Continued masking for staff and patients in areas caring for immunocompromised patients.
- Requiring employees who are returning to work after a COVID-19 infection to follow employee masking guidelines.
- Encouraging all employees to get their COVID-19 vaccines and boosters as well as the influenza vaccine to reduce their risk of infection.
LC’s COVID-19 response team will monitor transmission rates and make recommendations/changes to policies as necessary, and the Clinic will continue to adhere to CDC guidance. Longstreet Clinic thanks its patients, visitors and staff for helping protect themselves and our community.