SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With an increase in COVID-19 cases, Baystate Health announced that they have updated their mask policy.

Starting Friday, September 15, Baystate Health announced that masks will be required in patient rooms and patient care areas for visitors.

This update comes as we move into the Yellow Tier for transmission rates, according to Baystate Health. Masks will be available at all entrances and will remain optional in common spaces such as the cafeteria and in corridors.

Alex Parker of Williamsburg says he is not too concerned about the virus because he is young and healthy, “I’m a young man with a good immune system, so I’m not really worried about it.”

While anyone can get the virus, those at high risk are older adults age 65 or older and those with weakened immune systems. With hospitalizations rates going up, Baystate Health says their mask requirement needed to be done in order to protect the safety and health of the patients, visitors, and employees.

The Baystate team said they will continue to monitor COVID-19 and adjust their policies based on the risk assessment.

According to the Department of Public Health, 2,700 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Thursday’s COVID-19 report, which can be found on the state’s website.

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