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Samaritan Revises Visitor Restrictions

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This article was updated Aug. 24, 2021.

Samaritan Health Services has modified the temporary visitor restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic for all hospitals and facilities.

Hospitalized patients (inpatients) are not permitted visitors at Samaritan-affiliated hospitals, including hospital outpatient departments, at this time. There are a few limited exceptions:

  • Pediatric patients may have one healthy adult visitor (age 18 or older) per day.
  • Labor and delivery patients will be permitted one healthy adult visitor for the duration of their hospital stay. Laboring mothers may have one additional healthy adult visitor during labor and delivery.
  • Patients at the end of life may have visitors.
  • Patients with disabilities have a right to support persons.

Outpatients (those who are not hospitalized as inpatients ) at Samarian clinics and facilities asked to come alone to their appointments. When necessary, the following exceptions are allowed:

  • Nursing infants under 12 weeks old may accompany their mother.
  • Minor outpatients may have one adult accompany them.
  • Outpatients needing wheelchair transportation to an appointment may have one adult accompany them.
This applies to outpatient appointments at all hospitals, clinics and other facilities. Some waiting areas may be too small to accommodate visitors and they may be asked to wait outside the facility.

Visitors must be free of any contagious disease and COVID-19 symptoms to enter. 

Patients, visitors, and staff in any Samaritan facility are required to wear properly fitting face masks.

Patients and visitors may use disposable face masks or cloth masks with multiple layers, and the masks must fit snugly around the nose, over the mouth and under the chin. Bandannas, gaiters, face shields and face masks with valves are not permitted.

For hospital inpatients, face masks may only be removed if:

  • The patient is actively eating or drinking and is physically distant – at least six feet – from anyone who does not live in the patient’s household. 
  • The patient is alone in a private room. 
  • The patient is physically distant – at least six feet – from others in a shared room.
  • The care being provided to the patient cannot be done with a mask on.

For outpatients, such as in Samaritan’s clinics and laboratories, face masks must be worn the entire time they are in the building and may only be removed if the care being provided cannot be done with a mask on. 

Exemptions to these masking requirements include children younger than 2 years old, patients whose clinician has determined that they cannot wear a mask due to shortness of breath, and patients who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Every person is required to sanitize their hands, wear a mask 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.