Communicable Diseases Policy
Update on Communicable Diseases Policy
On September 6, 2023 the Boquete Health & Hospice Council discussed an update to our Communicable Diseases policy. After discussion it was decided that the mask policy needed to be revised.
The following changes were voted on and unanimously approved by the voting members of the Council:
Any volunteer member that interacts with a patient must wear an N95 or KN95 mask. This applies to Patient Care Coordinators, Hospice and Home Care team members, and Meal team members who deliver meals to the patients. (SLIGHT CHANGE – now masks are not required when dealing with a patient’s family members or friends.)
Equipment team members no longer need to wear masks when loaning out equipment. (CHANGE – masks had formerly been required.)
The remainder of the policy remains the same:
At BHH classes and events where social distancing is possible, masks are now optional. It is still recommended that masks be worn.
A mask is mandatory for anyone attending a BHH class or event where social distancing is not maintainable. For example: CPR class where people are working on manikins and are less than one foot apart from each other.
Any volunteer member that is going into patients’ homes must be (a) fully vaccinated AND (b) wear an N95 or KN95 mask. Fully vaccinated means having two shots of Pfizer or Moderna, or one of Johnson and Johnson. (This is MINSA’s definition of “fully vaccinated.”)