Southeast Washington (Walla Walla area)

Information about visiting St. Mary, vaccinations and testing

Visitation

Providence St. Mary Medical Center is limiting visitors to two visitors per patient.

The visitors must remain the same individuals throughout the patient’s stay and cannot rotate. The visitors may come once a day and will not be able to repeatedly come and go within the same day.

The visitor restrictions are necessary for the safety of patients, visitors, and caregivers.

Exceptions to the two-visitors-per-stay rule are:

  • In the Birthing Center, two support people of the mother’s choosing are permitted throughout the stay. The support people must remain the same throughout the stay.
  • Patients under the age of 18 may have two support people, with one of them required to be a parent or guardian legally able to make decisions. They cannot rotate.
  • Patients receiving end of life care (defined as a provider believes they may pass within the next 12 to 24 hours) may have four visitors. These visitors may rotate to allow as many as the patient would like to see, as long as there are not more than four visitors for the patient in the medical center at a time. 
  • No visitors are allowed in COVID positive or isolation rooms.
  • In addition to the visitors outline above, patients may have visits from clergy.

All visitors are required to wear surgical masks fully covering their nose and mouth at all times while in the hospital, including while in the patient room. Although the governor will lift indoor masking requirements in most settings March 21, masking requirements are remaining in place for the foreseeable future in the state's health care facilities including Providence St. Mary and the Providence clinics.

If the visitor does not have a surgical mask, one will be provided. Bandanas, gaiters and cloth masks have been proven not to provide sufficient protection, so in the interest of keeping everyone safe these forms of face coverings are not acceptable.

Providence St. Mary asks patients and their families to consider communication through phone calls and video chats as their primary means of communication. The hospital staff has iPads on hand and can help set this up upon request for patients who don’t already have the capability on their personal devices

Vaccinations and Testing

Walla Walla County Department of Community Health (DCH) is leading community vaccination and testing efforts, in partnership with community organizations including Providence St. Mary/Providence Medical Group.  Many local pharmacies also offer COVID vaccination and testing. People are urged not to go to the Emergency Department for routine testing. Please Visit the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health website  for vaccine and testing clinic times and locations as well as information about COVID trends in Walla Walla County.  

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