According to a report from The Kansas City Star, the Harrisonville (MO) Family Medicine clinic announced on its Web site that wearing masks is now an option for staff and patients, defying COVID-19 recommendations from local hospitals, the state health department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
The clinic declined to answer inquiries about its masking policy. However, office manager Brenda Houdek said that the clinic is taking the virus very seriously.
Clinic staff participate in a daily self-assessment, while patients are screened during the scheduling of their appointments, which includes having their temperature taken on arrival. The practice includes a respiratory clinic. Anyone with symptoms is taken to the clinic, which has a separate waiting room, and is given a mask if they do not have one.
The medical practice also provides pulmonary function testing, allergy treatment and other services.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, health care staff should “absolutely” wear masks when treating patients.
In a November 23 news release, Cass County was in the highest risk category for the virus. However, the commission has not issued a mask mandate. Cass Regional Medical Center has instituted a universal masking policy.