Concord Hospital eases COVID entry requirements but masks still required

  • Dakota Ventiere helps screen people coming into the main entrance of Concord Hospital on June 3, 2021. Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 8/11/2022 5:10:40 PM

Entering Concord Hospital and its sister facilities in Franklin and Laconia will no longer require visitors to stop and answer questions about COVID-19, an easing of restrictions that comes alongside an easing of pandemic-related recommendations from the CDC.

As of Friday, Concord Hospital Health System will have signs at all points of entry, asking questions about exposure and symptoms. Patients and visitors will be asked to report to Registration or Hospitality should they meet any of the posted COVID-19 conditions.

“Per CDC mandate, masks must continue to be worn inside all Concord Hospital buildings,” the health system announced.

The change comes even as COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state have risen somewhat, according to the New Hampshire Hospital Association. That group now reports more than 105 people in state hospitals being treated for COVID-19, compared to fewer than 90 at the start of the month.

The CDC says that every county in New Hampshire currently has “low” levels of COVID-19 circulation, the best of three categories.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control issued new pandemic-related guidelines for the nation. One major change is that people who have been exposed to COVID-19 are no longer recommended to quarantine for five days but only to “wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.” The CDC also says community screening of people who have been exposed is not necessary if they show no symptoms.

Those who test positive for the disease are suggested to stay home for five days – the period during which people are most infectious – and “isolate from others in your home,” wearing a high-quality mask when around others. If after five days symptoms like fever have gone away without use of medication, the CDC says you may end isolation, although it suggests wearing a mask through day 10 and “avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.”

If COVID-19 symptoms return, however, “restart your isolation at day 0.”

Concord Hospital continues to encourage the public to get vaccinated and boosted to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to wear a mask whenever possible while in public.

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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