Updated masking guidelines for Keck Medicine of USC employees and providers will go into effect on Monday, April 10.

The guidelines proceed recently updated COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements at Keck Medical Center of USC, as well as a March 31 announcement from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ending the county-wide COVID-19 emergency declaration.

The measures are designed to enhance protections for a vulnerable patient population, Marty Sargeant, CEO of Keck Medical Center, and Laurie Johnson, chief of ambulatory operations for USC Care Medical Group, said in a memo issued April 7.

Where masking is required for employees and providers

Keck Hospital of USC:

  • All times when interacting with patients or providing patient care
  • Required on floors 2 through 9, including all nursing units and stations, registration desks, operating rooms, elevators, hallways and outpatient clinical areas (lab, radiology, SMS, PDR, etc.) regardless of the nature of the activity
  • In the Evaluation and Treatment clinic, as well as lower-level patient care areas

USC Norris Cancer Hospital:

  • All areas of the hospital and its clinics

USC Care, ambulatory clinics, USC Arcadia Hospital, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital:

  • Clinical areas where patients are present
  • Any instance where an employee makes direct face-to-face contact with a patient, including while transporting them or administering services

Where masking is recommended

  • Main lobbies and gift shops (Keck Hospital, USC-AH, USC-VHH)
  • Cafeterias (Keck Hospital, USC-AH, USC-VHH)
  • Inpatient waiting areas in Keck Hospital’s main floor lobbies
  • Administrative areas
  • Staff breakrooms and physician lounges

—Kevin Joy