With the statewide mask mandate for Indiana set to expire April 6, Parkview Health, Lutheran Health Network and Matthew 25 have each released statements regarding mask usage in their facilities.

"Parkview Health will continue to require masks in all our facilities, including the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for healthcare providers. We appreciate everyone who continues to follow our universal masking policies for the safety of our patients, visitors and co-workers.

"Additionally, Parkview still strongly encourages the use of masks in public settings. Until more individuals are vaccinated, masks are one of the best tools we have to reduce the spread of COVID-19."

"Lutheran Health Network will continue to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19, including masking. All visitors and staff are required to wear masks inside Lutheran Health Network hospitals and clinics. All safety efforts remain in place (under) LHN COVID-Safe Care. The community's ongoing support is appreciated.

"LHN urges all to continue wearing masks and adhering to the recommended safety measures including masking, social distancing, practicing hand hygiene, and receiving the vaccination."

Matthew 25 Health and Care will continue to enforce its current COVID-19 policies.

Those policies are:

• Only people 18 and older may enter the building. Minors are NOT allowed to accompany adults to appointments or to wait in the lobby.

• All staff, volunteers, patients, and vendors inside the Matthew 25 building are required to wear a face covering that fits over their mouth and nose.

• Only patients and their interpreter, if needed, are allowed in the building. Family and friends who come with a patient will be asked to wait in their car or outdoors.

Matthew 25 serves low-income adults who have no medical or dental insurance. Many of the patients have chronic health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma, which make them more susceptible to complications should they contract COVID-19. The staff is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all.

For more information about Matthew 25 or to support its community efforts, visit matthew25online.org or call the office at 260-469-0467.

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