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Visitors Restrictions

Visitor Restrictions

In alignment with CDC and Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) guidelines, we are no longer screening employees, visitors or vendors at our hospitals and clinics. While we are not actively screening, please do not enter our facility if you have COVID-19. Effective April 3, 2023, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines and DOH recommendations, and masking for our team members will continue to be required when interacting with patients and in patient rooms, until new CDC guidance is available. Please read our current visitor restrictions below before visiting any of our locations.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health/Franciscan Medical Group Hospital Visitor Restrictions

  • Updated: April 3, 2023

    Visitors and family members are expected to follow transmission-based precautions that are posted at each patient room. Please check in at the nurse stations before entering the room.

    At this time, hospital visitors are allowed based on the following circumstances:

    • Hospital visitation limits are based on community transmission rates. Exceptions may occur at end of life. 
      • Visiting hours:
        • St. Anne Hospital (No visitor limit) – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
        • St. Anthony Hospital (No visitor limit) – 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
        • St. Clare Hospital (No visitor limit) – 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
        • St. Elizabeth Hospital (No visitor limit) – 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
        • St. Francis Hospital (No visitor limit)
        • St. Joseph Medical Center – View the latest St. Joseph Medical Center hospital visitor restrictions.
        • St. Michael Medical Center (No visitor limit except for Family Birth Center: 2 visitors per stay) – 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
        • Virginia Mason Medical Center (No visitor limit)

    Any approved visitors

    • Must go directly to a patient’s room — use of waiting rooms is not permitted. We encourage any approved visitors to coordinate their arrival and departure times.
    • Must use the approved, designated visitor entrance
    • Will be asked to complete hand hygiene upon entry
    • Are encouraged to maintain physical distancing (at least six feet apart from others)

    Learn more about face covering guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health/Franciscan Medical Group Clinic Visitor Restrictions

    • Visitors are discouraged unless assisting a patient. Please contact your provider or the clinic with questions about their policy.
    • Patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask but masks are not required.
    • Please contact the clinic before arriving for your appointment if you need of a COVID-19 test, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms and exposure guidance include:
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Close, in-person contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus within the past 14 days
    • If symptoms are severe, call 911 or go directly to one of our Prompt or Urgent Care locations or Emergency Services departments.

Virginia Mason Medical Center Hospital and Clinic Visit Information

  • Effective June 2023

    Hospital visitation

    Visitor numbers are unrestricted.

    • Patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask but masks are not required.
    • Entry is limited to the Emergency Department (Spring and Boren) on weekends, holidays and after 7 p.m.   

    Clinic visit information

    • Companion numbers are unrestricted.
    • Patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask but masks are not required.