COVID-19 Precautions

Take these steps to protect yourself and the community from COVID-19


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommend wearing face coverings in public settings. To the extent possible, patients and visitors must wear a health system approved mask while at any of Yale New Haven Health’s hospitals, outpatient centers, ambulatory sites or clinics. Masks are to cover both the nose and mouth. Patients and visitors who arrive with a cloth mask, gaiter, bandana or mask with exhalation valves will be provided a health system approved face mask. More information on face masks can be found on the CDC website


Get vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Learn more about the vaccine and current eligibility requirements


Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.

Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.


Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.