Tri-Cities Washington COVID-19 update
Information about COVID-19 Vaccines
Vaccines are safe, effective and are key to fighting the pandemic. We encourage everyone who is able to, to receive the vaccine. To schedule your appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, please call our Community Resource Desk at 509-942-2956.
The health and well-being of our caregivers, our patients and our community remains our highest priority. Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep you and our communities safe by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently. Stay safe and be well.
Entry into Our Facilities
Visitors will be screened at the main entrances prior to entering. Anyone who exhibits cold or flu-like symptoms or has a fever will be asked to return home.
Kadlec understands the importance and value of patients having access to their loved ones while receiving care in the hospital and clinics.
As COVID-19 continues to surge throughout our community and region the result at Kadlec has been record high COVID+ patients being seen in the emergency departments and being admitted for care. Given this shift in spread Kadlec has made the difficult decision to scale back care partner allowances. This plan to cut back, which was thoughtfully developed by an internal visitor policy team, seeks to ensure that each patient has care partner support yet limits the total number of individuals in Kadlec facilities. Some reductions are beginning now with the changes expected to be fully enforced on Monday, August 23, 2021. Information on specific unit and/or location limitations, please visit https://coronavirus.providence.org/wa-updates and select Tri-Cities Washington.
ED and Free-Standing ED
- Adults: 1 consistent care partner for each patient. Care partner may be asked to wait outside of the facility if social distancing cannot be maintained in the waiting area and the patient is safe to wait alone.
- Minors: 2 consistent care partners, where one must be the patient’s medical decision maker.
- 1 consistent care partner will be allowed throughout their stay.
- If an infant is transitioned to NICU a second care partner will be allowed to visit the infant in NICU.
NICU and Pediatrics
- 2 consistent care partners are allowed through their stay, where one must be the patient’s medical decision maker.
- No minor child will be considered a care partner, unless the minor is the mother or father of the patient.
- 2 consistent care partners may be identified, with 1 care partner being allowed to visit per day during visitor hours.
- 1 care partner may visit a patient as they are prepped for a procedure and return when the patient is sufficiently recovered so staff may provide discharge instructions in-person to the care partner.
Kadlec Clinic, Kadlec Healthplex and Kadlec Outpatient Imaging
- 1 care partner may attend the visit with the patient.
- Post-partum mothers may bring their infant with them to their post-partum appointment in addition to 1 care partner.
Community Clergy and Designated Spiritual Care Visitors
- 1 individual is permitted to visit a non-COVID+ patient for a maximum of 30 minutes every 5th day. This individual will not be counted as part of the patient’s 2 care partners.
This guidance cannot anticipate every situation. Medical staff may make exceptions based on the unique situation of a patient, being mindful of the safety and well-being of all involved.