The Mid North Coast Local Health District has incorporated a number of measures to try to negate the spread of COVID-19 at its facilities.
The measures were implemented on July 24 and come despite there being no new cases of the coronavirus on the Mid North Coast.
Chief executive Stewart Dowrick says the decision was taken to protect staff, visitors and community.
"Although there are no new cases of COVID-19 on the Mid-North Coast, we are continuing to do all we can to protect our community," he said.
"NSW Health has directed that health workers at all public hospitals must now wear a surgical mask if they are within 1.5 metres of patients.
"Patients are also required to wear a mask, where possible.
"This advice applies to hospital and community health settings and came into effect on Friday, July 24.
"In line with this advice, all visitors to our hospitals and community health facilities must also wear a mask.
"We encourage you to wear your own mask if you have one that is in good, clean condition."
Mr Dowrick said visitors to the hospital who do not have a mask will be provided one.
Other measures included in the decision include limiting the number of visitors.
"To ensure we keep our hospitals safe, we have also limited the number of visitors to our facilities," he said.
"Only one visitor is allowed per patient per day.
"We are also encouraging people, even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, to get tested.
"There are COVID-19 testing clinics across the Mid-North Coast, from Laurieton to Woolgoolga.
"These measures, along with the COVID-safe practices we have implemented across the district, will help us protect our community."
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