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Samaritan Requires Face Masks at All Facilities

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Updated July 13, 2020 

Samaritan Health Services currently requires all patients and visitors to wear a face mask or face covering when they visit any Samaritan hospital, clinic or other facility. Simple cloth coverings, such as bandannas or scarves, may be used. Patients and visitors are not allowed to wear masks with valves in Samaritan facilities. 

At SamFit locations, all staff are required to wear a mask. Members are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering, but must adhere to physical distancing and infection prevention guidelines. This is in alignment with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

All Samaritan staff are required to wear a face mask while at work as well, and all visitor restrictions remain in effect.

This policy is in line with Centers for Disease Control recommendations to protect all individuals in Samaritan facilities from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus. CDC guidelines now call for cloth masks or face coverings to be worn in public settings, especially where other social distancing measures aren’t easily accomplished.

Find tips from the CDC on how to make simple face masks from common household items.

In addition, all patients, visitors and staff are:

  • Screened for coronavirus symptoms, including cough and fever, upon entry to any facility.
  • Asked to practice careful hand hygiene and infection prevention, including washing or sanitizing hands often and covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Asked to maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others wherever possible, and observe one-way traffic flows where they are in place.

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.

Visitor restrictions are also in place at all Samaritan facilities. Learn more about Samaritan’s practices to keep staff, patients and visitors safe.