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Submitted by Providence Swedish

Over the past two years, Providence Swedish hospitals have learned to manage COVID-19 and have strong protocols in place to keep our patients and caregivers safe. Starting October 24, everyone will be asked to self-screen and mask at Providence St. Peter and Centralia hospitals.

Although our entrances will no longer be staffed, signs at each entrance will offer clear instructions for patients and visitors.

By entering the hospital, people will confirm:

  • They do not have COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms
  • They haven’t been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 10 days

Visitors who don’t meet the guidelines should not visit until symptoms are resolved.

The visitor policy remains unchanged, and the hospitals will continue to limit visitors to two per patient; require universal masking; hand hygiene; and physical distancing for all those entering our facilities. Hospital masks and hand sanitizer stations will also be available at each entrance.

The move to self-screen is in line with new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  guidelines while still following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on regulatory compliance and follows the shift on how health-care organizations as well as businesses, schools and government agencies are responding to relaxed COVID-19 restrictions in their communities. However, the safety of our patients and community members will always be paramount and we will adjust guidelines as needed to best align with the evolving climate of COVID-19.

Thank you for your assistance in this new phase of managing COVID-19 in our facilities.

For complete information, visit the South Puget Sound Coronavirus Blog.

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