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Harlan County Health System

Public Service Announcement

May 24, 2021

Subject: CDC Mask Guidance Changes

Recently, the CDC announced updated guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated, including the lifting of mask wearing indoors and physical distancing. For information on this guidance, please visit:

However, the CDC still recommends the use of personal protective equipment by healthcare personnel. “This guidance applies to all healthcare personnel while at work and all patients and residents while they are being care for in a healthcare setting,” stated by the CDC.

Per the CDC, “Fully vaccinated healthcare personnel should continue to wear source control while at work. However, fully vaccinated healthcare personnel could dine and socialize together in break rooms and conduct in-person meetings without source control or physical distancing. If unvaccinated healthcare personnel are present, everyone should wear source control and unvaccinated healthcare personnel should physically distance from others.”

For information on healthcare facility guidance, please visit:

Given the recommendations that remain in effect by the CDC, Harlan County Health System is maintaining the following measures for all facilities:

  • All staff working within the facility must wear a healthcare PPE (no cloth) face covering at all times
  • All current signage and postings regarding face coverings are to remain visible and not removed
  • Patients and visitors entering any facility must wear a face covering for source control. For visitors and patients, a cloth mask is appropriate. If a visitor or patient arrives to the healthcare facility without a face covering, a facemask will be provided that must be worn.
  • Any patient who refuses to comply with wearing a face covering will receive a medical screening exam (MSE), and if no emergent condition is present, will be asked to leave.

We will continue to monitor the recommendations and standards set forth by the CDC for healthcare entities and will re-evaluate these requirements on a monthly or more frequent basis.





COVID-19 Update from HCHS and HFM
March 25, 2021
Those aged 16 years or older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine, you are encouraged to call our Alma clinic immediately to get on our waiting list. 308-928-2103. 
COVID-19 Update from HCHS and HFM
September 30, 2020
EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY, TEMPORARILY NO OUTSIDE VISITORS OR FAMILY WILL BE ALLOWED INTO OUR HOSPITAL OR CLINIC LOCATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Patients under 18 are required to be accompanied by 1 adult. Some visitor accommodations may be made for ER and end of life patients. We are still stopping everyone at our main entrances and screening them.
Our Clinic locations are open during their normal business hours (please see our website for current hours).
As always our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day.
People experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat and other respiratory symptoms are encouraged to ahead at 308-928-2103 before visiting our facilities to help better prepare our staff for your arrival.
Any questions about routine tests and procedures please call your primary care provider.