PeaceHealth hospitals initiate new visitation restrictions

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Oregon, PeaceHealth is now restricting all visitor access, with some exceptions, at its four Lane County hospitals.

These restrictions took effect today, March 18, at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center University District, PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Hospital and PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center. They will stay in place until COVID-19 is no longer considered a public health threat.

PeaceHealth said it is taking this measure out of an abundance of caution and with the benefit of learnings from healthcare partners in the Seattle area.

"Our aim is to best protect our patients, caregivers and communities, and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities," it said in a statement released today. 

Exceptions to the policy include:

  • One (1) support person to help a patient with mobility challenges or discharge instructions
  • One (1) support person for Emergency Department patients
  • Two (2) parents of a minor patient
  • Two (2) support persons for end-of-life patients
  • Two (2) support persons for Labor and Delivery and Mom-Baby at Sacred Heart RiverBend and Peace Harbor Medical Center

In select situations, PeaceHealth may allow a support person to visit a patient, with a "support person" defined as someone who has a direct role to play in a patient’s care.

"We encourage loved ones to connect with patients through technology, such as cell phones, tablets and laptops," the statement said. "We want to thank anyone affected by these restrictions for their understanding and help in keeping our patients, caregivers and communities safe and healthy."

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