Police and Fire and Rescue crews parade at Providence Portland Medical Center April 16, 2020, to show solidarity with health care workers. (Courtesy Providence Health and Services)
Police and Fire and Rescue crews parade at Providence Portland Medical Center April 16, 2020, to show solidarity with health care workers. (Courtesy Providence Health and Services)
Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 in Oregon, visitors are not allowed in Providence hospitals, with some exceptions in the emergency department, labor and delivery, and pediatric units. People with disabilities also can receive visitors.

In those cases, visitors must be at least 16, 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 has caused a record number of new cases and intensive care hospitalizations. For the week of Aug. 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 nonmedical tasks like cleaning, deliveries and directing the overflow of patients.