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.