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Max Schulte / WXXI News

As the need for protective gear like masks and gloves increases with the spread of COVID-19, local hospitals have said their supply chain has remained intact.

For some people outside of hospitals, though, it’s been increasingly difficult to get access to that equipment.

Hospitals in Rochester will require almost everyone who enters to wear a mask.

Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, hospitals in the Rochester Regional Health and University of Rochester Medical Center systems will require surgical-type masks for staff, visitors and vendors in common areas, administrators said.