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COVID-19 Visitor Policy

Last updated October 13, 2021

New restrictions at Harborview Medical Center in effect starting October 19


UW Medicine’s patient care philosophy recognizes how much the presence of family and friends can contribute to the healing process. However, to protect against the spread of COVID-19, we are limiting the number of visitors in our hospitals. Thank you for working with the staff and providers at UW Medicine to ensure safety for all.

Most patients in our hospitals are allowed one to two visitors per day, subject to each hospital’s guidelines and visitation hours:

  • Harborview Medical Center: Routine visitation temporarily suspended until October 19. Starting Tuesday, October 19: 8 am to 7 pm All visitors over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 3 days. Review details to Visitor Restrictions at Harborview Medical Center.
  • UW Medical Center – Montlake: All day
  • UW Medical Center – Northwest: All day
  • Valley Medical Center: 8 am to 8 pm

Harborview Medical Center

  • Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Harborview Medical Center, all inpatient visitors over the age of 12 and individuals over the age of 18 accompanying an adult outpatient must show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test collected within the past 3 days.
  • To be fully vaccinated, visitors must have completed their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines two weeks or more prior to their visit or two weeks from the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Proof of vaccination can be met by presenting one of these documents listed. The document must include your name, date of birth and type and date of vaccination. We cannot accept a QR code to show proof of vaccination.
    • Centers of Disease Control COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the front and back of the card
    • Documentation from a healthcare provider or electronic health record (for example Epic MyChart)
    • State immunization information system record (for example MyIR
    • For an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above (for example the World Health Organization yellow vaccination card)
    • As a reminder: It is against the law to use fake proof of a COVID-19 vaccination

Frequently asked questions about Harborview’s visitor restrictions

Frequently asked questions about Harborview

  • All COVID-19 tests except antibody blood tests will be allowed. Proof of a negative test may be paper or electronic and must include the name of the person tested, type of test performed, test result, and date of collection.
  • Antibody blood tests will not be accepted because they indicate a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccination rather than current COVID-19 status.

  • Visitors and individuals accompanying an outpatient who have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed into our facilities.
  • All individuals 2 years and older must wear a mask at all times while in our facilities.
  • No eating or drinking except in designated areas.
  • Inpatients may only have 1 to 2 visitors per day; once they leave, the patient can have no more visitors that day.
  • Outpatients should try to come to their visit alone unless they need a caregiver.

Yes, each time you enter you will need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test collected within the past 3 days.

You must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test collected within 3 days of your visit.

No, our staff will not be able to look up your records.  If you received your vaccination at one of our facilities and you are registered for MyChart, you can access your information and show us on your phone or print a copy of your record. Anyone who received a vaccination in Washington state can look up their record through You must provide proof of vaccination each time you visit regardless of where you were vaccinated.

You can find sites for PCR or NAAT tests at COVID-19 Testing. PCR or NAAT tests are the most sensitive tests for current COVID-19 infection. Antibody or blood tests will not be accepted as proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Please note same day appointments are not guaranteed at these sites and test results may take 24-48 hours.

Yes, you can schedule a virtual visit by calling the hospital to schedule with the patient’s nurse who will assist with a visit.

Harborview is experiencing a high number of inpatients. In many cases, rooms are shared by two patients, making it difficult to physically distance patients and their visitors. This new policy allows Harborview to resume visitation, which has been temporarily suspended. We believe that this requirement will provide a safer environment and plan to expand it to other UW Medicine hospitals and clinics in the coming weeks.

Vendors Doing Business with UW Medicine

UW Medical Center – Montlake, UW Medical Center – Northwest and Valley Medical Center

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.


UW Medicine outpatient clinics encourage our patients to come alone to their appointments. When necessary, we can allow these exceptions:

Vendors Doing Business with UW Medicine

Important vaccine requirement update for our vendors, suppliers and contractors

UW Medicine is requiring all vendors, suppliers and contractors working on-site at any UW Medicine facility to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or otherwise exempted from the vaccine requirement no later than Monday, October 18, 2021, in accordance with the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Proclamation 21-14.1. For more information, please see a copy of our notification.

As a supplier, vendor or contractor of UW Medicine, you are responsible for 1) determining whether the Proclamation applies to you and 2) ensuring your representatives, including employees and subcontractors, comply with this requirement. To confirm compliance, all suppliers and vendors working on-site at UW Medicine must complete and return the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration form. A Docusign eSignature Vaccination Declaration form is provided for your convenience here.

For questions about these requirements, please first review the Proclamation above, and review the FAQs from the Office of the Governor. For remaining questions, vendors, suppliers, and contractors can contact directly.

Here is the list of compliant non-Vendormate vendors who have completed the declaration and are approved to work on-site at UW Medicine.

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