OMC to require masking for unvaccinated coworkers
In 2015, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) adopted a policy that requires unvaccinated
healthcare workers to mask during flu season.
OMC has identified triple the number of flu cases over the previous weeks
throughout the OMC service area. In response, OMC leadership met with
physician leaders and health department officials and has determined that
effective immediately and until further notice, any unvaccinated healthcare
worker including clinical, ancillary, contracted workers, volunteers,
and students be required to wear a mask while working at any OMC facility.
“The public should not be alarmed when visiting OMC should they see
OMC staff in masks. This is a precaution taken through flu season to avoid
the spreading of the flu,” said Kurt Abbey, Chief Nursing Officer.
“We encourage everyone to get the flu shot if they have not already
For more information, please contact Torrance Hughes, RN, CIC, OMC Infection
Prevention Coordinator at 417-257-6782, extension 6153.