Visitor restrictions tightened at Samaritan hospitals
CORVALLIS – With a serious uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties, Samaritan Health Services is enacting tighter visitor restrictions effective immediately.
Under the new policy, visitors are not permitted at Samaritan-affiliated hospitals, including 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 throughout 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.
* Every visitor is required to sanitize their hands upon entry, wear a mask at all times in the facility and abide by all other infection prevention measures. Additional screening precautions and additional facility rules may apply.
* In Samaritan’s outpatient facilities, such as providers’ clinics, physical rehabilitation and other clinical settings, patients are 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.
* Outpatients who cannot be left unattended may have one adult age 18 or older accompany them.
* All visitors must be free of symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory infections. Because some waiting areas may be too small to accommodate visitors, they may be asked to wait outside the facility.
- For information about COVID-19, visit samhealth.org/Coronavirus.