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Samaritan Revises Visitor Restrictions

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Updated 2/17/2022

Samaritan Health Services hospitals, outpatient departments and clinics require all patients and visitors to wear medical-grade masks.

Patients at Samaritan hospitals, outpatient departments and clinics are allowed ONE visitor per day. Samaritan strongly encourages all visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test result within the last 72 hours. 

Exceptions to the Visitor Policy

  • Two adults (ages 18 and over) per day may visit or accompany a child patient.
  • Patients may have one additional visitor during labor and delivery.
  • Patients at the end of life may have visitors, with the number of visitors decided in consultation with the care team.
  • Patients with disabilities have a right to one designated support person per day, in addition to one visitor.
  • Visitors to the Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis must be ages 18 and over.

Additional restrictions apply for COVID-19 hospital inpatients.

All visitors, support persons and staff are subject to a screening for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure before entering any Samaritan facility. 

Mask Requirements

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

Patients and visitors must wear a medical-grade mask, such as the one pictured on this page, when in a Samaritan facility.

Patients and visitors may wear their own medical-grade face masks – often known as procedure masks or surgical masks, N95s or KN95s as long as the masks are well fitting and do not have valves. Bandanas, gaiters, face shields and cloth face masks are no longer allowed in Samaritan facilities.

 

If a patient or visitor does not have a well-fitting, medical-grade face mask, one will be provided to them.

 

Well fitting is defined as fitting snugly around the nose, over the mouth and under the chin.

 

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.