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Fitzgibbon Implements Universal Masking

May 13, 2020

Katina Laxson models one of the homemade masks donated by the community.

MARSHALL, MO. - In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to staff and other patients, Fitzgibbon Hospital has implemented a universal masking policy that requires all individuals entering the hospital to wear a mask. Individuals are encouraged to wear their own mask from home to conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) in use by hospital personnel, but a mask will be provided to any individual who does not have one at the point of entry.

Last week, the not-for-profit hospital announced that they have begun rescheduling certain elective procedures that had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the “No Visitor” policy is still in effect, pulmonary function tests, 3D mammograms and other radiology procedures have resumed. As the number of individuals within the facility increases with the resumed procedures, the need for additional precautions exists.

“From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fitzgibbon Hospital has worked to limit exposure to staff and patients, while also continuing to deliver the quality care our patients have come to expect,” said Angy Littrell, President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital. “The preventative care and diagnostic screenings that were put on hold in March are very important to individuals who are concerned with keeping optimal health, managing their illnesses or recovering from injury. We are glad that we can resume these procedures while taking common sense precautions to protect the health of our community. We’re closely monitoring what other hospitals in the state are doing as well.”

In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19 which included utilizing cloth facemasks. Members of Marshall and surrounding communities have been instrumental in providing cloth facemasks. Many staff members have utilized these homemade masks to travel to and from work as well as when they enter the building.

To view the visitor policy or for updates on Fitzgibbon Hospital’s COVID-19 response as they become available, visit