Local hospitals lift masking recommendations

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Roads hospitals announced they have lifted the masking recommendations for patients, visitors and others entering area hospitals.

Back in December, officials recommended those entering the hospital wear a mask to help prevent the spread of the flu during a time when the vaccine was a poor match for the circulating strains.

Officials say the flu season activity has declined to regional levels in Virginia and North Carolina.

Below is a list of participating hospitals and emergency departments:

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Riverside Doctors’ Hospital
Riverside Regional Medical Center
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex
Sentara Leigh Hospital
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Heart Hospital
Sentara Obici Hospital
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
Sentara Freestanding Emergency Departments at BelleHarbour, Port Warwick, Independence, and Lake Ridge
Southampton Memorial Hospital
Martha Jefferson Hospital
Martha Jefferson Emergency Department at Proffit Road
Sentara RMH Medical Center

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