Beginning Monday, April 10, Winneshiek Medical Center is relaxing masking requirements on their campus in Decorah and in all outreach locations. Masks will be optional for patients, visitors and staff in most settings. Masks will still be required for staff when caring for severely immunocompromised patients; and patients who are immunocompromised, showing symptoms of illness or feel more comfortable doing so are encouraged to wear a mask. Masks will be available at all entrances and upon request.
Thomas Marquardt, D.P.M., chief medical officer, “All of our service area counties currently show low or moderate transmission rates. In addition, Mayo Clinic is changing their masking guidelines, and we closely follow their direction in our COVID-19 response.” He adds, “We understand this announcement may be received with mixed emotions. Some people may still choose to wear masks, and we support their decision.”
Since the onset of the pandemic, Winneshiek Medical Center has developed and adjusted guidelines following the guidance of CDC, Mayo Clinic, other federal and state agencies, and partner health organizations.
Dr. Marquardt says, “Our staff’s commitment to COVID-19 safety measures has been exceptional, and we are grateful for everyone’s efforts in keeping Winneshiek Medical Center safe and healthy for our patients, visitors and staff.”