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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cloth Face Coverings at Residential and Healthcare Facilities

The federal government launched “Project America Strong” to distribute reusable cotton face coverings in support of the critical infrastructure sectors across the country. Facilities, such as those for long-term care and dialysis, can encourage residents, patients, and staff to use cloth face coverings to limit disease transmission when personal protective equipment is not required.


Healthcare worker wearing a mask

​Distribute the face covering to residents and staff

Wearing this face covering, coupled with important safety measures recommended by the CDC, can help limit the spread of the virus in a facility to staff, patients, or residents.

Staff and patients can use cloth face coverings when PPE is not required, such as commuting to and from the facility.

When possible, residents should wear a cloth face covering or facemask when they leave their rooms in addition to performing hand hygiene, limiting their movement in the facility, and maintaining physical distance (stay at least 6 feet away from others).


people staying 6 feet apart

Educate residents about actions they can take to protect themselves in the facility

Emphasize the importance of social distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, and wearing a cloth face covering.




  • This page last reviewed: May 06, 2020