WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — Masking changes have been made at Samaritan Health’s summit village.

Beginning June 5, Samaritan Summit Village become a mask-optional facility, according to a press release from Samaritan Health. This applies to all staff, residents and visitors.

However, Samaritan will require staff to wear masks in the following circumstances:

  • If they have respiratory symptoms or exposure
  • During influenza season if they are not vaccinated
  • Those caring for residents with respiratory symptoms

Masking will again be required for everyone if local or country COVID-19 hospital admission levels are medium or high or a respiratory outbreak occurs.

Samaritan Keep Home will continue to require masks due to current COVID cases in various units.