Over the past two years, we have learned to manage COVID-19 and have strong protocols in place to keep our patients and caregivers safe. As we move to a new stage in the pandemic, everyone will be asked to self-screen and mask at Swedish hospital entrances beginning Friday, July 29, 2022. This includes our hospital campuses at First Hill, Cherry Hill, Issaquah, Ballard and Edmonds.
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 that they do not have COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms, and they haven’t been exposed to the illness. Visitors who don’t meet the guidelines will not be allowed to visit until symptoms are resolved.
Our visitor policy remains unchanged, and we will continue to require universal masking, hand hygiene and physical distancing for all those entering our facilities. Surgical grade masks and a hand sanitizer station 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 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.