St. Joseph Hospital COVID-19 Response
St. Joseph Hospital is committed to providing the safest experience possible as we continue to respond to global pandemic. As mission-focused and dedicated healthcare professionals, we’ve been compassionately serving the needs of our community for more than 110 years. Our commitment to maintaining the highest level of care before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Public Health Emergency (PHE) associated with the COVID-19 pandemic is set to expire on May 11th, 2023. With this comes expectation of changes related to the management of COVID-19. Our data shows significant improvements in recent months in case numbers across Covenant Health, including sustained decreases in positive inpatients, outbreaks, and staff out of work on isolation or quarantine.
We are now able to safely move toward ending the universal masking mandate for all staff, patients, and visitors in our clinical facilities. However, masking and eye protection remain an important tool in the management of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, RSV, and others. Moving forward, masking will still be required in the certain circumstances, which include several pre-pandemic infection control standards.
We still respect and support the decision of any employee, contractor, volunteer, patient, or visitor who wishes to continue masking and ensure masks are readily available throughout all of our facilities. If a patient or visitor prefers staff to wear a mask in their presence, staff will comply with their request. Masking will still be required for any individual with respiratory infection symptoms, a recent COVID-19 infection, exposure, or as otherwise required in our standard infection control plan.