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Vaccination is the most powerful tool we have against COVID-19. If you are not yet vaccinated, please consider doing so as soon as possible.

Even as coronavirus precautions are relaxed in the state, if you are at high risk of severe disease or death from coronavirus, or if cases of coronavirus increase in your community, it is still very important to follow recommended coronavirus precautions to prevent spreading the disease. These include:

  • Wearing a well-fitted face mask when in public spaces indoors, or when you are indoors with people from outside your household, especially if they are unvaccinated, at high risk, or immunocompromised. See the CDC’s guidance on choosing a face mask.
  • Avoiding large groups and spending time with groups in indoor spaces - well-ventilated and outdoor spaces are recommended.
  • Avoiding contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Practice physical distancing - at least 6 feet apart from others is recommended. 

Please call your primary care provider or Samaritan walk-in clinic before coming in if you have any coronavirus symptoms including fever, chills or shaking; cough or sore throat; shortness of breath; muscle aches or pains; loss of smell or taste; headache or any cold or flu-like symptoms to be assessed by a clinician and routed to appropriate care and testing.

Learn more about testing for COVID-19.

Yes, you will need to wear a mask.

All staff, patients and visitors must wear properly fitting, medical-grade face masks when in any Samaritan facility where health care is provided, such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories, etc. 

Patients and visitors may wear their own medical-grade face masks – often known as procedure masks or surgical masks, N95s or KN95s as long as the masks are well fitting and do not have valves. Bandanas, gaiters, face shields and cloth face masks are no longer allowed in Samaritan facilities. 

If a patient or visitor does not have a well-fitting, medical-grade face mask, one will be provided to them. 

Well-fitting is defined as fitting snugly around the nose, over the mouth and under the chin.
Vaccination for COVID-19 is now widely available at primary care clinics, pharmacies, county health departments and other convenient locations. Learn more and find out where to get vaccinated close to home. 

Yes. Samaritan has expanded its telehealth options, which utilizes the internet, a smart device or telephone for health care visits when appropriate.

A broad range of services are being offered via telehealth. Your health care team will help decide whether telehealth is right for you.

Online Visits Through MyChart

For an E-Visit, you will need to have a MyChart account and reside in the state of Oregon at the time of the E-visit. If you do not have a MyChart account, this can be setup at samhealth.org/MyChart.

Video Visits

You will need a smartphone or tablet with internet connectivity to download an app onto your device. Instructions will be included in the appointment invite sent by your Samaritan clinic.

Telephone Visits

In some cases, Samaritan may be able to conduct visits by telephone, if MyChart E-visits or video visits are not feasible.

To start a telehealth visit, begin the process by requesting an E-Visit using MyChart or by calling your primary care provider. Your health care team will help determine whether an E-Visit, video or phone visit will be best for your health concern.

Learn more about telehealth options at samhealth.org/Telehealth.

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms are often consulted via telehealth and directed to drive-thru testing. If they need to be seen in person, they are seen an exam room dedicated to COVID-19 care. The emergency departments also have rooms designated for treating COVID-19 cases.

Yes. Samaritan is restricting visitors from its hospitals and outpatient care areas, with limited exceptions.

See updated visitor restrictions for details.

Samaritan has temporarily suspended many community offerings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

For more information, please refer to Samaritan’s online classes and events schedule or call your clinic directly.

The Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer helpful information on avoiding COVID-19, symptoms to be watchful of and what to do if you think you might have the virus. You may also access information by calling 211.