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PeaceHealth Easing Visitation Policy as Skagit County's COVID-19 Transmission Rates Decline

Sep 08, 2022

September 8, 2022

For Immediate Release

Contact: Anne Williams, Marketing & Communications
PeaceHealth Northwest Network
541-554-9403 / AWilliams5@peacehealth.org

PeaceHealth easing visitation policy as Skagit County’s COVID-19 transmission rates decline

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. — PeaceHealth is pleased to announce that effective Wednesday, Sept. 7, visitors are again allowed—one per patient and one at a time—at PeaceHealth United General Medical Center and our PeaceHealth Medical Group Sedro-Woolley and Burlington clinics.

Visitors are still required to wear a mask in healthcare settings, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health department guidelines.

The easing of restrictions comes as COVID-19 transmission rates in Skagit County continue to fall. In alignment with other Washington state healthcare organizations, PeaceHealth is using the CDC’s transmission map to guide us on next steps in COVID-19 response in our communities. The decision was made after Skagit County had maintained a “substantial” transmission risk level—vs. high, moderate or low—for more than seven days, thereby meeting PeaceHealth’s criteria for easing restrictions.

In addition to visitors, volunteers will again be allowed in PeaceHealth’s Skagit County facilities with no restrictions.

Transmission rates have also fallen in both Whatcom and San Juan counties, so our hospitals and clinics in those locations will also be easing protocols on Sept. 7.

Although we’re pleased to be able to ease these policies, we remain cautious and are prepared to tighten up protocols should trends again reverse.

About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Washington, PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

About PeaceHealth United General Medical Center: Located in Sedro-Woolley, PeaceHealth United General is a 35-bed critical access hospital serving United General District #304, which covers more than 2,000 square miles in Skagit and Whatcom counties, Washington.