This article was updated Oct. 10, 2020
Samaritan Health Services has modified the temporary visitor restrictions, in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for all hospitals and facilities.
Hospitalized and emergency department patients may have one healthy visitor over the age of 12 per day, with the following exceptions:
- Laboring mothers are allowed one visitor for the duration of their stay.
- Patients under the age of 18 will be allowed two parent or guardian visitors per day.
- Patients will be allowed a caregiver or attendant if necessary for language or disability assistance.
Patients at the end of life, as determined by their medical providers, will not be specifically limited to the restrictions listed above. In end-of-life situations, the care team will coordinate with patients or their designated representatives and/or family members to determine visitation plans based on each patient’s condition, patient’s preference, availability of personal protective equipment, and physical space constraints of the hospital room.
Those not admitted as inpatients will be allowed one visitor only if needed for assistance due to a mental or physical disability. This applies to outpatient appointments at all hospitals, clinics and other facilities.
Every person is required to sanitize their hands and wear a mask upon entry, wear a mask at all times in the facility and abide by all other infection prevention measures. Additional screening precautions may be required and additional facility rules may apply.
Learn more about Samaritan’s procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic at samhealth.org/Coronavirus.