Southwest Washington

Dec. 1, 2023 - Providence Swedish will require masks in all patient care areas starting Dec. 5.  

Beginning, Tuesday, Dec. 5 all Providence Swedish hospital and clinic locations will require patients, visitors and caregivers to wear face masks in areas where patient care is administered.   

With respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and COVID-19 infection rates on the rise, Providence Swedish, along with other health care facilities throughout Puget Sound, are prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of patients, caregivers and visitors by requiring everyone to wear masks in patient care areas throughout our hospitals and clinics. This also includes high risk care settings, such as emergency departments, and care settings for immunocompromised patients, such as those receiving cancer treatments.  

Masking is strongly recommended in most indoor locations; however, patients, visitors and caregivers must wear masks within the following locations throughout clinics and hospitals:  

  • Hospital patient rooms and hallways  

  • Patient exam rooms  

  • Registration/front desk and check in areas  

  • Emergency departments and ED waiting rooms  

  • Oncology/cancer waiting rooms  

  • All clinic locations, including urgent care clinics   

Self-symptom screening stations will remain in place at patient/visitor entrances. Stations are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers and courtesy masks for those who need them.   

When transmission levels are high for common respiratory viruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends universal masking in health care settings. 

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


We will continue limited visitation for inpatients at Providence Centralia and St. Peter hospitals and self-screening at hospital entrances. 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.

  • Visitation hours 10 a. m.-6 p. m.

  • No in-person visitation is permitted for COVID-positive patients (exceptions noted below)

Emergency Department patients may have one essential support person for an entire emergency department stay.

Obstetric patients may have two support partners and one birth support person (doula) to accompany them. The partners may stay the entire time. The doula must leave the hospital once the patient leaves the labor room. COVID positive laboring mothers may have one essential support person during labor and delivery. The essential support person must remain masked and not leave the patient room. 

Special Care Nursery patients may have two parents/guardians. No siblings allowed.

Critical Care Unit, Medical & Surgical Inpatient Units, Continuous Observation Unit (COU)

  • If an Essential Support Person is deemed necessary beyond normal visitation hours, a plan of care will be coordinated.
  • Patients who are COVID-postive or a Person Under Investigation (PUI) are not allowed to have Visitors/ESP with the exceptions of End of Life, Pediatrics, and Women's and Children's Services

End-of-life visitation

  • Non-COVID In-patients who are at the end-of-life (expected to pass away within 12-24 hours) may have two visitors at a time.
  • End-of-life COVID-positive patients may have an in-room visit. May be limited to 30 minutes under certain circumstances, to maintain visitor safety. 2 visitors allowed at a time. Nurses will provide education to visitors for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). If patients are in a shared room, in-person visitation will be allowed only if both patients are on ventilators.

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.).

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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