Hospital and Outpatient Visitation Policy

Effective June 17, 2021

Due to a reduction of COVID-19 cases in the hospital and the community, availability of COVID-19 vaccines and to eliminate the mental health consequences of social isolation of our patients, we are revising the visitor policy. Healthy visitors following the guidelines below are welcome at our hospitals between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

It is essential that visitors wear their mask, even if fully vaccinated. We encourage staff to remind visitors of this once if they are not complying. If they continue to refuse they should be asked to leave and return when they can comply with our masking policy. Staff should contact security for assistance if needed.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 activity and ask that people continue to focus on masking.

Hospital and Outpatient Visitation Policy

To protect our patients, families, employees and the community during the outbreak of COVID-19, we have put measures into place that restrict visiting of family, friends and community until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Skagit Regional Health has visitor restrictions in place at all Skagit Regional Health sites. Our visitor policy is subject to change based on the prevalence of disease in our community.

Visitors must be at least 18 years of age and must be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, new onset cough, shortness of breath or diarrhea) in addition to other screening questions, prior to entering one of our hospitals. Visitors are required to be masked in our facilities, including in patient rooms when staff members are present. Gators and bandanas are not permitted and masks must cover nose and mouth at all times. Visitors with symptoms will not be allowed entry.

Here are details of our current practices (updated June 17, 2021):

Hospital Inpatient, Observation, Emergency Services and Family Birth

Hospitalized patients who are not COVID-19 positive or under investigation, may have two (2) healthy visitors at any one time. Visitor hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors may only remove masks when eating in the Bistro, Café or coffee shop. Visitors may bring a beverage into the patient room, but must mask when staff are present.

Patients in the Emergency Department may have two (2) people accompany them and should remain at the bedside with the patient. Visitors may not come and go from ED.

Family Birth Center patients may have two (2) healthy adult visitors. One person may spend the night.

Case-by-case exceptions to the visiting hours will be made for patients less than 18 years of age, special needs and developmentally delayed adults and patients at end-of-life.

Outpatient Surgery and Procedures

Adult patients undergoing an outpatient surgery or procedure in the hospital operating rooms, endoscopy or Arlington Surgery Center may have one (1) designated visitor with them before and after the procedure. 

Minors undergoing a surgery or procedure may have two (2) parents/guardians accompany them for pre-op and post-op support.

Adult patients undergoing procedures in the cardiac cath lab and Special Observation Unit may have up to two (2) visitors.

Visitors of adult patients in all surgical and procedural areas will be asked to leave the facility during the procedure. They will be called to return once the procedure is complete. Parents/guardians of minor patients will be asked to remain in the facility. 

Outpatient Clinics, Oncology, Children's Therapy, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Sleep Medicine, Lab and Diagnostic Imaging

Patients who have an appointment at an SRH clinic, outpatient department, laboratory or radiology, may have one (1) person with them who may be necessary to communicate for the patient or assist the patient to get them to their appointment location.

We request that minor children (under age 18), who are not the patient, not be brought to an appointment.

Patients having an OB ultrasound may have their spouse/partner present during the exam.

Oncology clinic patients may have one support person attend their new patient consult, or if assistance is needed for hard of hearing, ambulating and toileting.

Visitor exceptions:

  • Visitors are required to wear a mask while in the facility, including the patient rooms. Failure to wear a mask in the patient room while staff are present will result in a loss of visitation privilege. Visitors may remove masks while eating in the Bistro, Café or coffee shop.
  • Visitors must wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon each entrance or exit of a patient room.
  • We request patients and visitor limit the number of personal items brought to the hospital.
  • Visitors for hospital patients must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Visitors should not gather or spend time in public areas, including hallways, lobbies and waiting areas, while in our facility to maintain social distancing.
  • Visitors may eat at the Bistro, Café or coffee shop.
  • When visiting is over, visitors must leave the facility and not wander through hallways or spend time in public areas, including lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias, and vending areas.

Public access to Skagit Regional Health’s hospitals is available at the following entrances:

Skagit Valley HospitalCascade Valley Hospital
Emergency Department Entrance - 24/7Emergency Department Entrance - 24/7
Main Entrance (north) - 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Kincaid Entrance (south) - Weekdays 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Eagle Entrance - Weekdays 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Diagnostic Imaging Entrance - 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Educational Information

How can I be sure that my loved one will be safely cared for during the COVID-19 outbreak? Skagit Regional Health is committed to clinical excellence and vigilance in following COVID-19 guidance and protocols to provide outstanding care at this time, and always. Employees wash or sanitize their hands each time they enter and exit a patient’s room. They also wear appropriate Personal Protection Equipment when they enter the room of a patient with an infectious illness. Skagit Regional Health is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and screening protocols and following infection control prevention best practices.

We appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times. We are confident that together we will continue to deliver the highest quality of care.

Updated: 6/16/2021