Jersey Shore University Medical Center Now Under Hackensack’s New Mask Mandate

Hackensack Meridian Health implemented a new policy on Wednesday requiring visitors to wear masks at a number of its health facilities across the state. The mandate did not at first include Jersey Shore University Medical Center, but an updated mandate released Thursday does include the facility.

A message posted on its website on Thursday says:

As of September 28, 2023, Hackensack Meridian Health is requiring all patients, visitors and staff wear masks at:

  • Carrier Clinic
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • JFK University Medical Center
  • Palisades Medical Center
  • Ocean University Medical Center
  • Old Bridge Medical Center
  • Riverview Medical Center
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center

Masking is optional at all other Hackensack Meridian Health facilities. Please note, there are some instances when wearing a mask is still required:

  • When isolation precautions (aka transmission-based precautions) are in place (ex. confirmed or suspected COVID-19, flu, etc.);
  • Upon request by the patient or the patient’s representative;
  • Specific areas of the hospital/facility where highly vulnerable patients are receiving care (e.g. NICU);
  • When a patient is experiencing respiratory symptoms (i.e. coughing, difficulty breathing, sneezing, or nasal congestion);
  • After exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

Masks are available at all Hackensack Meridian Health locations. Patients, visitors or team members who would like to continue wearing a mask where masking is optional are free to do so.

Hackensack Meridian Health’s masking guidance may change based on COVID-19 prevalence, and we will continue to monitor COVID-19 activity.

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