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
Incapacitated or incapable of making health-related decisions
Near the end of life (these patients may have two healthy visitors)
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.