LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) – Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and transmission, Gundersen Health System is updating its masking requirements.

According to a release from Gundersen, starting Jan. 12, Gundersen will require all patients and visitors to wear medical-grade masks, cloth masks with a nose wire, or N95 or KN95 masks without vents at all Gundersen locations. Neck gaiters, bandanas, masks with vents and cloth masks without a nose wire will no longer be acceptable.

Gundersen said patients and visitors without an appropriate face-covering will be offered a medical-grade mask during the screening process.