COVID-19 Update: 

Please continue to wear a mask in UW Medicine facilities even if fully vaccinated. All patients and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry. Learn how to get vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 Visitor Policy

Last updated May 12, 2021

Restrictions in effect

Hospitals

UW Medicine’s patient care philosophy recognizes how much the presence of family and friends can contribute to the healing process. Beginning May 12, 2021, most patients in our hospitals will be allowed one visitor per day, subject to each hospital’s guidelines and visitation hours:

  • Harborview Medical Center: 8 am to 7 pm
  • UW Medical Center — Montlake: All day
  • UW Medical Center — Northwest: 6 am to 8:30 pm
  • Valley Medical Center: 8 am to 8 pm

Clinics

UW Medicine outpatient clinics encourage our patients to come alone to their appointments. When necessary, the following exceptions are allowed:

  • Patients may have one adult accompany them.
  • Postpartum patients may bring their newborns.
  • Patients may bring their children if they have no alternative.

Visitor Restrictions

COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat. The following restrictions are in place:

  • Visitors will not be allowed in the rooms of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, except for limited situations such as end of life.
  • Visitors will be screened upon entry and will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Visitors cannot have pending COVID-19 tests that were taken due to symptoms or exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Visitors cannot have tested positive and still be within their isolation period or have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Visitors 2 years of age and older (even if fully vaccinated) must wear masks at all times while in our facilities.
  • Visitors must stay in the patient’s room except when arriving or departing the facility.
  • Visitors may not consume food or beverages in the lobbies, waiting areas, shared patient spaces or when healthcare workers are present in the patient care space.

Your cooperation in observing these restrictions is appreciated and will help us provide the safe environment that is necessary to continue to welcome visitors to our hospitals and clinics.