Estes Park Health updates its mask-wearing policy

Three women wearing face masks are conversing in a medical office. One woman in a black uniform stands next to a computer, another in a green sweater hangs a badge, and the third wears a pink vest.
Estes Park Health is changing its mask policy due to the fact that COVID-19 is now considered “endemic.”

Estes Park Health’s COVID governing team has removed all mandatory mask requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.

“COVID-19 is now endemic, and people will continue to contract the virus,” said EPH Chief Nursing Officer Pat Samples.

Estes Park Health will also begin to support students doing clinicals at EPH if they are unvaccinated.

Anyone who prefers to wear a mask is, of course, welcome to continue doing so. Immunocompromised people and those at high risk of getting severely ill with COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses may choose to keep wearing masks and avoiding crowded places.

In addition, EPH employees who are sick with respiratory symptoms, including coughing and sneezing, are asked to stay home. All employees must continue to notify employee health if they have any respiratory systems. Employee health will then communicate any restrictions/testing needed.

If sick people need to come to a hospital or healthcare facility for medical care, they should wear a mask to prevent the spread of infection to others, and EPH will ask those patients to wear a mask when they arrive at our facilities.