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UPMC plans to lift masking requirement Thursday

PITTSBURGH — UPMC plans to lift its masking requirement this week, the health system confirmed.

As of Thursday, Feb. 29, masks will no longer be required.

All patients, visitors and employees have been required to wear a mask since Dec. 20, when COVID, flu and RSV cases were rising.

>> UPMC will soon require face masks again in all facilities due to rising COVID, RSV, flu cases

According to Dr. Donald Yealy, Chief medical officer of UPMC, this change is a result of cases of those illnesses falling. HIs full statement reads:

UPMC will no longer require masking for all in our facilities, effective February 29. This is a result of a sustained decrease in COVID-19, influenza and RSV transmission and people being hospitalized. Each virus is still present in our communities and can infect, creating difficulties for some. Staff, patients, support persons and visitors are still encouraged to wear masks, and some specific locations may require masking.

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