Visitor policy

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. There are situations and locations in which masking is still mandatory. And in the event of a respiratory viral surge (COVID, Flu or RSV), universal masking policies may be reinstated to ensure everyone’s safety. 

Read our updated masking policy here.

Safety and high-quality care for our patients are our highest priorities. Our organization strongly encourages masking and hand hygiene for all persons entering our facilities. COVID-19 vaccination is also STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all visitors entering this facility.

Our current Puget Sound visitor policy for acute care and outpatient clinic locations is as follows:

  • Visitors are permitted, provided they pass entry control self-screening (negative symptoms, no recent exposure)
  • Individuals with disabilities may continue to request reasonable accommodation and modifications of policies, procedures and practices under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

In addition, for acute care and outpatient clinics:

For acute care:  

Patient supporters for persons diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19 are not allowed unless approved on a limited case-by-case basis. (Refer to COVID-19-specific guidelines below). 

Visitor hours are 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. for hospital locations. 

For outpatient clinics: 

  • Patient supporters for persons diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19 are allowed to accompany patients to the physician visit. Masks are recommended for patient supporters that may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • For outpatient clinics, siblings of pediatric patients remain restricted, unless they have an appointment. If parents have limited resources or options for child care, they may work with the provider or clinic to determine if an exception may be granted. 

Information for patient supporters:

  • A patient supporter is someone who accompanies a patient to aid in their recovery and healing. This may be a friend or relative. Patient supporters should be aware that any close contact could spread COVID-19 to your loved one, even before you feel sick. Please do not hug, kiss, or share food or drink with your loved one as this could be very dangerous and even deadly to the person you are here to support. 
  • Patient supporters are not permitted for hospitalized patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Visitation for patient supporters will only be approved on a case-by-case basis by the direct care nurse, nurse manager or senior campus administrator. 

Guidelines for patient supporters:

  • Additionally, clinics may have visitor policies that supplement these COVID guidelines and departments may have rules that are more restrictive. Please check with your care team for specific guidelines related to visitation. 
  • COVID-19 vaccination is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all patient supporters entering our health care facilities. Note that COVID-19 vaccination status does not change exception criteria.
  • All Swedish ICU/IMCU will only accept patient supporters by appointment.
  • Pass entry control self-screening for COVID-19, be free of any fever or COVID-19 symptoms within the last 24 hours and have no known exposures to COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • Wearing personal masks is encouraged, however, N95 masks with a valve, scarves, bandanas, and neck gaiters are not permitted.
  • Practice hand hygiene with provided hand sanitizer. Anyone wearing medical gloves at entries must remove the gloves, keep them off while inside the facility, and practice hand hygiene.
  • Although discouraged, food and drink are permitted to be brought inside hospital patient rooms but should be limited during high/substantial respiratory viral transmission periods. Patient supporters may eat in hospital patient rooms if they are staying for longer periods of time. If patient supporters are eating in the room, they must stop and mask whenever a caregiver enters the room and should be physically distanced from the patient.  Patient supporters may order food from nutrition services to be sent to patient rooms.
  • Use designated public restrooms. Do not use patient restrooms.
  • Only visit during hospital facility visiting hours. 
  • Overnight stays are restricted and only permitted if coordinated with direct care nurse or nurse manager. Shared patient rooms are excluded.
  • Designated supporters of patients undergoing aerosol-generating procedures may be asked to leave or wear additional personal protective equipment during the procedure. 

Entry point screening requirements:

  • Everyone is required to follow good hand hygiene practices. 
  • All who enter the facility must follow the screening process, which is subject to change. All are required to attest that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms in the last 24 hours and have no known recent exposure to COVID-19 in the last 10 days and have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
  • Exception: patients with an outpatient appointment for diagnosis or treatment related to COVID-19. (Symptoms are subject to change.)

COVID-19 symptoms (subject to change) include:

  • Fever over 100° degrees F 
  • Chills   
  • New cough   
  • Sore throat   
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing  
  • Muscle or body aches (myalgias)  
  • Fatigue/feeling ill/malaise  
  • New loss of smell or taste  
  • New or unusual congestion/runny nose  
  • Nausea/diarrhea/vomiting  
  • New or unusual headache  

The health and safety of our patients and caregivers is our top priority. These restrictions are subject to change based on respiratory viral transmission in the community, or until guidance from public health authorities changes.

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,

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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