SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — UnityPoint Health – Sioux City will be issuing a new mask policy starting on July 7.

According to a statement from the Marketing Communications Specialist at UnityPoint Health – Sioux City, Leah McInerey, face masks for team members, patients, and visitors over the age of 2 will be required at all facilities..

“The health and safety of our patients and team members is our top priority. We are currently experiencing higher levels of COVID-19 and/or other respiratory illnesses throughout our community. At this time, masking is now required for patients and visitors. As a healthcare facility we are caring for individuals that are sick or have weakened immune systems and we must be more cautious when COVID-19 levels are higher in our community.”

Leah McInerey, Senior Specialist, Marketing Communications

The release stated the change came at the recommendation of the CDC based on Woodbury County transmission rates.

UnityPoint Health – Sioux City ask the community to remember and continue using the strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 that were developed since the beginning of the pandemic: wash your hands, wear a mask, stay home if you’re sick, and get vaccinations.