Southwest Washington

A Message to our Community 

June 14, 2021 - Hospital patient/visitor COVID-19 updates 

Our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families to be part of the healing process. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we must take extra steps to protect our patients, staff, visitors, and the community

At Providence, patient and caregiver safety is our top priority. We have many patients in our hospitals including newborns infants, those recovering from surgery and those receiving cancer treatments. Many of these patients have compromised immune systems. We depend on our healthy caregiver workforce to care for all who come through our door.

We recognize there are times when having a person familiar with the patient is important. Beginning May 27, one Support Person will be allowed per patient in hospitals and clinics. Please note detailed guidance below. In all cases, the Support Person will only be allowed into the hospital if they screen negative for COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, children under the age of 18 will not be permitted, unless they are receiving care.

Please see our Letter to Patients with detailed information for each department and outpatient clinic. (Spanish version of the letter)

Providence continues to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will make adjustments to visitor restrictions, as necessary. We appreciate your help in keeping our patients, visitors and caregivers safe.

Patient Belongings

With limited visitation, we ensure the safety of the belongings of our patients. Please note, only the following are allowed:

  • Discharge clothes
  • Electronics for communication such as a phone, charger, or tablet/pad/laptop
  • Items specifically requested by a nurse (such as hearing aids, glasses, contacts, dentures)
  • Flower deliveries -- NO LILLIES OR LATEX BALLOONS
  • Medications (MUST be approved and picked up by nurse)

Patients in delivery going to the Family Birth Center are allowed to bring in additional items (i.e. baby clothes, birthing equipment, car seat, etc.).

 

Vaccination Information
COVID-19 vaccination information. We are moving as quickly as possible in coordination with the distribution and allocation of the vaccine from federal and state resources. Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

For the week of May 24: Providence in Southwest Washington has only second-dose clinics scheduled. If you are seeking a COVID-19 first-dose vaccination, go to https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov/ ... click "find a clinic" and search for a location near you.

If you received first-dose vaccination from Providence and missed the second dose, please email swpmgcovidvaccineTeam@providence.org or call 1-855-776-4362 option 1 for help re-scheduling your appointment.

Vaccine allocation information changes quickly, and your Providence doctor’s offices and hospitals do not have the latest updates. This website will continue to be your best resource for the latest Providence information. 

The Washington State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline is available for those unable to register online. Call 1-800-525-0127, then press # for English or 7 for Spanish. Hotline hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and on holidays.

Hospital masking update:
Providence is continuing to adhere to the state’s requirement that face coverings be worn by
all individuals while in our hospitals and clinics.

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and Governor Jay Inslee announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face coverings or physically distance — whether indoors or outdoors in most circumstances. Governor Inslee also noted that businesses can still require employees and customers to wear face coverings regardless of their vaccination status.

Although face coverings are no longer required in most places in the state for people who are fully vaccinated, state exceptions include schools, hospitals, long-term care homes, medical offices, jails and prisons, and homeless shelters. In addition, a federal order requiring masks on public transportation remains in effect.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

 

Patients and members of the community who wish to contact Providence SW facilities with the assistance of a qualified interpreter free of cost may dial 833-640-1418.

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