Updated Mask Order

Hi MMC patients! We know that it can be difficult to keep up with the changing guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. In this post we will discuss everything you need to know about mask wearing requirements in Ouray County.

Originally, the Ouray County Board of Health (which is our Board of County Commissioners – the BOCC) had extended a stricter mask order than the state on May 11th. However, updated guidance was released by the CDC on May 13th and a new Executive Order was issued by Colorado’s Governor Polis on May 14th that aligned the state with the updated CDC guidance.

Due to this change, the BOCC revisited the mask order at their meeting on May 25th, 2021. Supported with recommendations from the Ouray County Medical Director (Dr. Joel Gates) and the Ouray County Public Health Director (Tanner Kingery) to follow the science and align with the state, the BOCC voted to rescind the Ouray County mask order to bring it in line with the updated state and CDC guidance.

What does this mean for patients of Mountain Medical Center?

  • If you are FULLY vaccinated & HEALTHY – No Mask Required
    • If you are fully vaccinated (meaning it’s been 2 weeks since your single J&J vaccine or your second Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine) AND you are not exhibiting any cold/flu/COVID symptoms such as cough, fever, or runny nose, effective Thursday, May 27th, you will no longer need to wear a mask inside the building. Simply proceed to the front door (which is no longer locked) and check in at the front desk 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • If you are FULLY vaccinated but SICK – Mask Required
    • If you are fully vaccinated BUT you have any cold/flu/COVID symptoms OR if you simply prefer to wait in your vehicle, please continue to complete the check-in process from your cell phone in the parking lot and wait in your vehicle until you are directed to proceed to the sliding door for entry. Masks will be required for sick visits to help keep us all healthy!
  • If you have elected to not get the COVID-19 vaccine, cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons, or if you simply prefer not to share your vaccination status, please note that you will still be required to wear a mask indoors per the state guidelines.

What does this mean for you around Ouray County & the State of Colorado?

Fast facts (taken from Colorado’s COVID-19 page)

The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a mask over their noses and mouths in the following settings:

  • Preschool through grade 12 schools (including extracurricular activities) and child care centers and services; however, fully vaccinated individuals, including vaccinated children ages 16-18, in a classroom, cohort, or other group of children may remove masks where the teacher(s), caregiver(s), or other staff whose primary responsibility is education or childcare have provided proof of fully completed vaccination to their employer.  
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated staff at Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle offices. 
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents, staff, and visitors to congregate care facilities, including nursing facilities, assisted living residences, intermediate care facilities, and group homes, except in situations where removal is authorized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents, staff, and visitors to prisons.
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated residents, staff, and visitors to jails.
  • Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated personnel in emergency medical and other health care settings (including hospitals, ambulance service centers, urgent care centers, non-ambulatory surgical structures, clinics, doctors’ offices, and non-urgent care medical structures).

Fully vaccinated people can go without masks in public indoor spaces unless the setting requires otherwise.

Unvaccinated people over age 11 are encouraged to continue wearing masks in all public indoor spaces.

People who do not have to wear a mask, even if unvaccinated, include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger.
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Children younger than 2 years old should NOT wear masks.

Please note that individual businesses may still choose to require you to wear a mask to enter, even if you are fully vaccinated. Please be respectful to those entities and follow the rules of the establishment you are visiting!

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