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Masks and mask exemptions

Some of our patients have asked questions about mask requirements and possible exemptions. CHCS providers can discuss adaptations and alternatives for those who experience mild difficulties wearing a mask. Many different styles and fabrics are available, and some wearers may find one particular type of mask more comfortable than other types. Providers may issue a mask exemption, but circumstances that require an exemption are exceedingly rare. As always, individuals with special needs require careful consideration. Anyone seeking an exemption for a school-aged child should check with the school district first to see if the district honors exemptions.

Until a vaccine is developed, three tools can help reduce the spread of COVID-19: masks, handwashing, and social distancing. Community HealthCare System continues to require all who enter our facilities to wear masks. We remain committed to the safety of our patients, residents, and associates, and we follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, or CDC and KDHE, in setting policies to protect the safety of all in our facilities.

Masks are most important when social distancing is difficult. As children return to school and become accustomed to different classroom arrangements and new procedures to encourage social distancing, for example, masks help reduce the number of droplets in the air and thus reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to classmates, teachers, staff, and others in the community.

Thank you for doing your part to ensure that we keep our communities in northeast Kansas safe and healthy. If you have questions about masks, please contact your clinic or send a message to your care team through our Patient Portal.


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