Published on April 30, 2020

Patients Asked to Wear Masks For Medical Appointments

PELLA, Iowa– In order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, Pella Regional Health Center and its family of medical clinics located in Pella, Knoxville, Ottumwa, and Prairie City will ask patients over the age of two to wear a fabric mask or homemade face covering to any medical appointment, effective Thursday, April 30. If patients do not have face coverings or fabric masks one will be provided by Pella Regional for use during the visit.

Patients may be issued a fabric mask for use while in the facility. Fabric masks should be returned at the end of the visit and will be laundered in accordance with CDC laundry standards.  Guidance from the CDC encourages the public to wear face coverings in places like clinics and hospitals, where it’s not always practical to maintain six feet of separation between individuals.

It is important to also practice good hand hygiene to maintain safety. If the facemask is touched, adjusted or removed, hand hygiene should be performed.

The CDC provides instructions for how to wear a cloth face covering:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides simple instructions on their website at  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus to make a homemade face covering.

We appreciate the generous donations we've received from the community, including fabric masks. We continue to need a supply of the homemade fabric masks to help protect our patients and staff during this pandemic. If you can donate fabric masks, we ask that you review the guidelines found at this link on our website www.pellahealth.org/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/how-to-help-during-covid-19/. If you've already made masks using another pattern, that's OK. We will take them!  Drop off the donations at any of the traffic control booths located at driveway entrances at Pella Regional.