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Samaritan Heightens Visitor Restrictions

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To promote social distancing and reduce patient exposure to viruses circulating in our community, Samaritan Health Services is restricting visitors to all facilities until further notice.

If a patient meets one of the limited exceptions detailed below, they may have one designated healthy visitor age 12 or older:

  • Under the age of 18

  • In labor

  • Incapacitated or incapable of making health-related decisions

  • Near the end of life (these patients may have two healthy visitors)

Effective Monday, May 4, Samaritan will require all staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask or face covering upon entry to any hospital, clinic or other facility. Clinicians and Samaritan staff must wear face masks according to Samaritan policy. Patients and visitors may use non-medical face coverings including cloth masks, bandannas, scarves or similar coverings. 

The CDC does not recommend face coverings for young children under 2-years old. Samaritan facilities will not require cloth face coverings for these children, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The best defense against all viruses, both at hospitals and in the community, is to avoid exposure through the following basic hygiene and infection control measures: 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and regularly, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you are sick, stay home.

For More Information, Call 211 or Visit These Resources