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Visitor Restrictions Are in Effect

Samaritan Health Services is restricting all visitors from its hospitals and outpatient care areas, with limited exceptions. If a patient meets one of the limited exceptions detailed below, they may have one healthy visitor age 12 or older:
  • Under the age of 18
  • In labor
  • Arriving by ambulance to the Emergency Department
  • Near the end of life
  • Having a same-day procedure

All visitors will be required to sanitize their hands upon entry.

Elective Procedures Canceled

Our clinics and hospitals are cancelling elective surgeries, procedures and clinic visits that can be rescheduled for a later date. Please call first before any scheduled appointment. These measures further social distancing and help protect your health. This will also help conserve supplies and keep health care teams available to care for coronavirus patients and others with pressing medical needs. Samaritan will reschedule these elective procedures and clinic visits as soon as possible. 

Reliable Information

The health and safety of our patient and communities are our highest priorities. Samaritan Health Services and other area health care providers are working closely with federal, state, county and local agencies to respond to the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

For up-to-date information on coronavirus in Oregon, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus or call 211. 

These resources offer helpful information on avoiding the coronavirus, symptoms, what to do if you think you might have the virus and more:

Oregon Health Authority Factsheet in English           Oregon Health Authority Información en español

Testing for Coronavirus

Testing for COVID-19 is currently limited to certain patients and will be done with a clinician’s order only.
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Worried About Coronavirus?

Patients who have known coronavirus symptoms – fever, cough and/or shortness of breath – are asked to call their primary care provider or do a MyChart “Coronavirus Concerns” E-Visit to be assessed and routed to appropriate care.

Patients must call or do an E-Visit first to obtain a lab order, and not just show up, otherwise they will be turned away.

Samaritan patients can visit samhealth.org/MyChart to set up a MyChart account. Patients new to Samaritan may call 541-768-7080 to set up an account.  Once you are on the E-Visits page, click on “Accept Visit” and then choose “Coronavirus Concerns.”

If you have severe symptoms or are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. 

Chief Medical Director – Letter to Local Employers

In a letter to local businesses and employers, Robert Turngren, MD, provides guidance about illness prevention in the work place.
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Prevention Tips

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of colds and flu can also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
A note on facial masks: For healthy people, there isn’t much evidence that wearing a mask to prevent coronavirus infection is effective or necessary. People who are ill with fever and a cough might have the a cold, flu or any number of other diseases, or they may have COVID-19. People with these symptoms should stay home to avoid spreading disease, and wear a face mask when they need to go out, such as for medical care, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other germs to others.