Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in our region and nationally, Seattle Children’s needs to return to more strict guidelines regarding visitors in order to protect the health and safety of our patients, families and workforce.

Patients in both our inpatient and ambulatory setting will only be allowed a single caregiver effective Monday, Nov. 30.

Inpatient care visitor policy update:

  • All families may identify two caregivers for their child’s inpatient stay.
  • Only one caregiver may be at the bedside at a time.
  • The two caregivers will remain the primary caregivers for the entirety of the hospitalization.
  • The following exceptions will continue to apply:
    • Caregivers of patients at the end of life may request an exception
    • Patients whose caregivers are receiving discharge teaching
    • Siblings who are younger than 12 months of age and who are breastfeeding may remain in a room with the breast-feeding parent if the patient is in standard precautions

Note: Pre-admission visitor exception requests should only be made during the 48-hour pre-procedure call, and only when truly exceptional circumstances exist. If truly exceptional circumstances are identified, direct patient families to request the exception during the 48-hour pre-procedure call, but be clear that their request may not be approved.

We will communicate these changes to patients and families on Monday, Nov. 30. Families will have 72 hours to create a plan to transition to a single caregiver in the hospital/at the bedside.

We must continue evaluating and adjusting our practices to maintain the safety of our patients, families and workforce throughout this rapidly changing pandemic. The visitor policy is subject to change quickly if the pandemic continues to worsen and if statewide restrictions are enacted.

COVID-19 Testing Update as of Nov. 25 at Noon

  • Patients tested to date: 18,284. Positive (detected plus inconclusive): 346. Four patients are in the hospital; others are recovering at home.
  • Workforce members tested to date: 2,846. Positive (detected plus inconclusive): 98.