Due to the recent surge of COVID in Oregon, no visitors will be allowed in Providence hospitals.

Exceptions include:

Emergency Department — 1 visitor while in Emergency Department only

Pediatric Emergency Department — 2 visitors

Labor and Deliver — 2 visitors through approximately 2 hours postpartum

Mother/Baby unit — 1 visitor

Pediatric inpatient — 2 visitors

People with disabilities

In these cases, visitors must be at least 16 years old, wear a mask fully covering their nose and mouth, and remain in the patient room unless entering or exiting the medical center.

The change comes as the highly contagious delta variant leaves Oregon with a record number of new cases and intensive care hospitalizations. For the week of August 9, the Oregon Health Authority reported a 53% increase in new daily cases over the previous week.

Meanwhile, in less-vaccinated Southern Oregon, which is experiencing some of the highest per capita case numbers in the country, 300 soldiers have been deployed to help at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford and Asante hospitals in the stricken region.

The deployment is expected to last six weeks, with the citizen soldiers performing non-medical tasks like cleaning, deliveries and directing the overflow of patients.