Our Wexner Medical Center facilities fall under a different set of policies and procedures for masking, distancing, group meetings, etc.

  • CDC and ODH guidance is more restrictive for healthcare institutions than guidance for the general public or other business/educational settings.
  • For example, in order to provide maximum protection for our patients, we will continue to require facemasks and eye protection to be worn in clinical environments while care is being provided regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

The table below outlines expectations for faculty, staff and learners as well as patients, visitors and members of the public at our facilities. Some of these recommendations are based on vaccination status, location or number of individuals.

The guidance below applies only to Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine clinical, research and educational facilities.*

Masking Guidance for All Persons in WMC/COM Facilities

Category

Regardless of Vaccination Status

Health care personnel while providing direct patient care Facemask and eye protection required
Any individual in a shuttle bus or form of public transportation Facemask required
Patients Facemask required
(except for hospitalized patients when in patient room by themselves or if they have a contraindication to wearing facemask)
Visitors/Family members Facemask required
Contractors and Vendors Facemask required

 

University Faculty, Staff and Learners in WMC/COM Facilities

Category

Fully Vaccinated**

Not Fully Vaccinated

Indoors in a public space (e.g., hallway, lobby, elevator, nursing station, etc.) Facemask required Facemask required
Indoors at Nisonger Center while providing childcare Facemask required Facemask required
Outdoors at Nisonger Center while providing childcare Facemask not required
Facemask not required except when within 6 feet of a student or another staff member
Indoors in a non-public space with a small group with all members of the group fully vaccinated*** Facemask not required Not applicable
Indoors in a non-public space with small group with mix of fully vaccinated and not fully vaccinated Facemask required Facemask required
Indoors in a non-public space with a large group/unable to control distance from others Facemask required Facemask required
Outdoors in a small group/able to control distance from others Facemask not required Facemask not required except when within 6 feet of a patient or other healthcare personnel
Outdoors in a large group/unable to control distance from others Facemask not required Facemask not required but is recommended

* This policy on masking applies to all Wexner Medical Center/OSU Physicians clinical facilities including all hospitals, outpatient/ambulatory offices, Meiling Hall, Graves Hall, Hamilton Hall, Prior Hall, Starling Loving, Atwell Hall, Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, Biomedical Research Tower, Ackerman, Tzagournis Hall, Wiseman Hall, 395 W. 12th Ave. Faculty Office Building, 241 W. 11th Ave. Faculty Office Building, Bevis, Rightmire, Evans, Jesse Owens North and areas of Lincoln Tower where medical center staff work.

** “Fully Vaccinated” is defined as more than 14 days after the final dose of vaccine based on the type of vaccine received.

*** For example, small groups of fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff can meet, dine and socialize together in break rooms, offices and team rooms without facemasks or physical distancing when all members of that group are fully vaccinated.

Note: Some of our policies and requirements for masking will be more restrictive than either Ohio State or Ohio Department of Health public health orders as of June 2, 2021. Guidance regarding the usage of facemasks at Wexner Medical Center facilities in certain areas is more restrictive than ODH since the most recent CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people doesn't apply to health care settings.