Updated Masking Policy

April 2, 2024 Swedish Communications

Effective April 2, 2024, the requirement for universal masking will be discontinued at all Providence Swedish hospitals and clinics in the Central Puget Sound area.

Masking remains optional for all caregivers, patients and visitors. In the event of a respiratory viral surge (COVID, Flu or RSV), universal masking policies may be reinstated to ensure everyone’s safety. 

Please note that masking will still be mandatory in the following situations: 

  • For some high-risk patient populations (see below). 
  • When indicated by patient isolation type (e.g. droplet precautions). 
  • When indicated for standard precautions. 

Masking is still currently required in some clinical situations and for high-risk patient populations, including: 

  • Patients undergoing active cancer treatment.  
  • Patients with hematologic malignancy.  
  • Patients who are recipients of solid organ transplant. 
  • Patients with an advanced or untreated HIV infection.  
  • Patients who long-term users of drugs that suppress the immune system.  
  • People born with immunodeficiencies.  
  • Patients with severe underlying pulmonary or cardiac conditions. 

If you have additional questions about masking, please contact the hospital or clinic in which you will be seen or plan to visit. You also can find our visitor policy and additional information for patients and visitors at our website, Swedish.org.

Find a practitioner

Whether you require an in-person visit or want to consult a doctor virtually, you have options. Contact Swedish Primary Care to schedule an appointment with a primary care practitioner. You can also connect virtually with your doctor to review your symptoms, provide instruction and follow up as needed. And with Swedish ExpressCare Virtual you can receive treatment in minutes for common conditions such as colds, flu, urinary tract infections, and more. You can also use our provider directory to find a specialist or primary care physician near you. 

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional's instructions.

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