Face Masks Matter | A Message from Dr. Catherine Bernard

July 30, 2020
To Our Community,

As President of the Aspen Valley Hospital Medical Staff, and a member of the Medical Advisory Team to Pitkin County Public Health, I would personally like to thank everyone in Pitkin County for wearing masks, keeping our distances, and keeping Aspen open. So far, AVH and Pitkin County have not experienced the anticipated spike in hospitalizations as our activity levels in the community have increased substantially. I believe that is in large part due to our continued efforts to decrease viral transmission, including mask wearing.   
Face masks really do matter. The scientific evidence is growing.
As physicians, we have observed the mounting evidence in support of face coverings, especially in crowded places and confined spaces, and when in close contact with others. We therefore support Aspen's mask mandate and zone, and the current Pitkin County Health Orders. We encourage everyone to wear a face covering when in contact with others not of your household, just as we keep our faces covered here in the hospital when in contact with other members of our healthcare team.
Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance, and stay home and get tested when you and your physician think you may have COVID symptoms.
These are the best practices physicians and healthcare professionals across the country agree are key to reducing the transmission of the virus and avoiding overwhelming our hospitals. I am proud to be a part of the Medical Staff of physicians at Aspen Valley Hospital who uniformly support and abide by these basic commitments to containment. I am also proud to be a part of the healthcare team who will be there for you when you need us, for any reason. You have my assurance you will receive COVID-safe and extraordinary healthcare at the hospital and at all of our locations.

Dr. Catherine Bernard
Chief of Staff, Aspen Valley Hospital

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