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4/8/20news article

Dayton Children’s moves to “social masking” to protect visitors

For the protection of our patients and visitors, Dayton Children’s is implementing “social masking” during the screening process, All visitors (adults and children) will receive a disposable mask after they are screened.  If the family member arrives with a cloth mask and would like to keep and wear the cloth mask; that is acceptable. 

Why the change?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  Studies show that many people with coronavirus lack symptoms and that even people who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. Therefore, implementing social masking protects visitors and our staff against the possible spread of infection.

What if I have my own cloth mask?
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Disposable hospital masks are more effective against the spread of illness than cloth because they provide a barrier against fluids (e.g., spit).

If you come to the hospital with your own homemade cloth mask, you may continue to wear it, but we will be happy to provide you with a disposable hospital mask on-site for your protection and the protection of others.

Can I reuse the mask I am given? 
If you are visiting over multiple days, you may receive a new mask each day at the Welcome Center.  If your mask becomes soiled or breaks, the unit leadership will have a replacement for you at the unit level.  We do need you to go to the Welcome Center each day to get rescreened and a new arm band with new date of screening. 

View more FAQs about masking 

updates on COVID-19

Please use our coronavirus information hub for resources and answers to frequently asked questions about Dayton Children's response to COVID-19. You can also call our COVID-19 parent hotline at 1-888-746-KIDS (5437) from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm for additional questions.