Coronavirus is a highly contagious disease, usually transmitted from one person to another by droplets from a sneeze, or cough or even ordinary conversation. Droplets from a sneeze can remain in the air for hours.
In order to maintain the safest possible environment for patients and staff, the following precautions and visitor restrictions are in effect as of August 23, 2021:
Visitors & Screening:
- With the exceptions for support persons as defined below, WhidbeyHealth facilities are closed to visitors.
- Our West Wind Cafe and Gift Shop are temporarily closed to the public.
- Every individual entering any WhidbeyHealth facility must use the self-service temperature check station.
- Everyone entering any WhidbeyHealth facility must wear a mask.
Support Persons: Patients may have one adult support person accompany them when the patient:
- Is a minor child
- Has a cognitive handicap or an emergency situation impairing their cognition (some examples include but are not limited to: dementia, Alzheimer's, Autism, stroke-like symptoms)
- Has a physical handicap for which their support person provides assistance
- Has a developmental delay
- Has a communication barrier such as deafness or needing a language translator
- Is receiving end-of-life care
Note: Mothers in labor may have one support person and a certified doula.
Support persons must be free of respiratory illness symptoms and must not have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone who develops symptoms will be requested to leave the facility.
When patients are admitted to the hospital under these circumstances, the support person may stay overnight. Support persons are to remain in the patient's room and avoid trips in and out of the hospital.
To meet the unique needs of each patient, individual situations may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.
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