PeaceHealth announced Wednesday it was relaxing its visitation policy in lieu of a "moderate" transmission risk in Whatcom County over more than seven days. The change applies to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics.
Two people can now visit a patient at one time, an increase from the previous one-visitor-at-a-time rule. Visitors are also able to use the main cafeteria, the Grounds & Grains Café and the Gift Nook gift shop at PeaceHealth St. Joseph. Those visiting PeaceHealth will be asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms via posters on the wall.
Visitors are still asked to wear a mask, and PeaceHealth said it "remains cautious and is prepared to tighten up protocols should these trends again reverse," a news release stated.
Whatcom County is currently at a low rate of transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.