HASTINGS – Even though the Hastings City Council voted to end the mask mandate for the community overall at midnight tonight, Mary Lanning Healthcare will continue to require masks for now.
The MLH mask requirement covers staff, patients and visitors at the hospital and any of the other MLH locations throughout Hastings, Grand Island and Blue Hill. (Hastings Family Care, Community Health Center, the MLH Medical Services Building, the Morrison Cancer Center, The Lanning Center for Behavioral Services, Hastings Imaging Center, Hastings Orthopaedics, MLH Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation at Cimarron Plaza, Medical Park Diagnostic Center, Hastings Urology, Grand Island Mammography, Midwest Imaging, Central Nebraska Specialty Clinic and Central Nebraska Family Care in Grand Island and Blue Hill Medical Clinic.)
The MLH Executive Team said the requirement follows CDC and South Heartland District Health Department recommendations, and is meant to help with the safety of all patients and visitors.
Recently, MLH eased its visitor policy somewhat. Previously, each patient could have only one visitor per patient stay. Now, patients can have one visitor at a time in the room but it does not have to be the same person for the entire stay.