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Samaritan Allows Two Visitors Per Patient, Some Exceptions

An updated visitor policy for all Samaritan Health Services hospitals, outpatient departments and clinics went into effect Monday, Sept. 12. The updated policy was developed in response to decreasing COVID-19 infections in the region.

Under the updated policy, patients at Samaritan hospitals, outpatient departments and clinics are allowed two visitors per day with the following exceptions:

  • Patients at the end of life may have more visitors, with the number of visitors decided in consultation with the care team.
  • Visitors to the Cancer Center must be ages 18 or older.
  • Patients with disabilities may designate at least three support people and may have one support person with them at a time. A support person is not considered a visitor.
  • The number of visitors in a patient room may be limited due to space or clinical needs as determined by the care team.
  • Additional restrictions apply for hospitalized patients who have COVID-19.

All who enter Samaritan facilities must be screened, remain masked at all times, sanitize their hands upon entry and abide by all other facility infection-prevention measures.

“As a health care organization, we continue to recommend that all visitors to our facility get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is not only for their safety but for the safety of our staff and patients, as well,” said Adam Brady, MD, infectious disease physician and chair of the Samaritan coronavirus task force. “We are thankful to our communities for being patient and cooperative with our changing policies as we navigated through the pandemic over the past three years.”

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