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Medical-grade masks now required at Tri-County Health Care

Starting Jan. 10, all patients and visitors will be required to wear a medical-grade mask while in Tri-County Health Care facilities. They will be available at all main entrances and in the ER, a news release stated.

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WADENA — Starting Jan. 10, all patients and visitors will be required to wear a medical-grade mask while in Tri-County Health Care facilities.

The masks will be available at all main entrances and in the emergency room, a Tri-County Health Care news release stated.

A medical-grade mask is typically referred to as a surgical mask or procedure mask. They are made from paper and are manufactured with multiple pleats. This type of mask offers better protection against COVID-19 over cloth masks. Those who enter a TCHC facility wearing a cloth mask will be asked to remove it and put on a medical-grade mask.

The omicron variant has become the dominant strain of COVID-19. Its rapid spread and highly contagious nature make it a prime concern for health care organizations across the nation, Tri-County reported.

Several Minnesota health care systems employed new techniques to slow the spread of omicron while safeguarding staff and visitors. Vaccination continues to be the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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For more information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, visit TCHC.org/covid19 .

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