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Knoxville area hospitals to continue to require face coverings

Knoxville area hospitals confirmed Wednesday that they are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and their facial covering protocols will remain in place.
Health officials said, although hospitalizations and deaths have significantly dropped in...
Health officials said, although hospitalizations and deaths have significantly dropped in recent months, new cases continue to be diagnosed daily in East Tennessee.
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 3:34 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -While mask mandates have been lifted in many counties and states, Knoxville area hospitals emphasized masks and other face coverings are still required for all visitors and employees.

Officials from Blount Memorial Hospital, Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and The University of Tennessee Medical Center all confirmed Wednesday that they are continuing to follow CDC guidelines and their facial covering protocols will remain in place.

“To best minimize further spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the community, the health systems continue to urge individuals to wear their facial coverings in public and to adhere to the remaining recommendations of the 5 Core Actions agreed to by local health leaders,” the hospitals said in a joint statement.

Health officials said, although hospitalizations and deaths have significantly dropped in recent months, new cases continue to be diagnosed daily in East Tennessee.

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