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Restrictions on Samaritan visitors to relax

An updated visiting policy for all Samaritan Health Services hospitals, outpatient departments and clinics will go into effect on Monday, September 1. 12. The updated policy was developed in response to the decrease in 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:

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

All who enter Samaritan’s facilities must be screened, remain masked at all times, sanitize their hands upon entry, and adhere to all other facility infection prevention measures.

“As a healthcare organization, we continue to recommend that all visitors to our facility get a full COVID-19 vaccination. This is not just for their safety, but also for the safety of our staff and our patients,” said Adam Brady, MD, infectious disease physician and chair of the Samaritan Coronavirus Task Force. “We are grateful to our communities for being patient and cooperative with our changing policies so that we have been navigating through the pandemic for the past three years.”

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