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OSH taking added safety measures

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

At Oregon State Hospital, protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are taking comprehensive and necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the hospital.

Currently, there are no identified patient cases of COVID-19 at either the Junction City or the Salem campuses. One staff member has tested positive.

In accordance with Governor Brown’s March 8, 2020, declaration of emergency, which calls upon state agencies to take necessary measures to minimize disease transmission, the hospital is taking the following steps:

Updated Tuesday, April 7, 2020: 

  • Monitoring all patients twice a day for temperature and respiratory symptoms;
  • Ensuring all personnel entering the secure perimeter wear surgical masks;
  • Conducting contact tracing for anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • Sending people home to self-monitor, as necessary;
  • Admitting all new patients to unit where staff will monitor them for 14 days before they transfer to other areas of the hospital (As of April 1, OSH is now accepting patients who meet the restricted admission criteria as described below);
  • Offering virtual visitations so patients can connect with their loved ones remotely;
  • Limiting sizes of patient groups;
  • Scheduling times for patients to use gymnasiums and outdoor spaces to maintain social distancing;
  • Activating the OSH Emergency Operations Center to coordinate all preparation and protective efforts;
  • Screening everyone who enters the hospital for symptoms of COVID-19, including patients and staff;
  • Restricting non-essential guests;
  • Suspending patient visitation to all except patients receiving hospice;
  • Expanding phone visitation hours so patients may better keep in touch with loved ones;
  • Canceling all patient community outings except for those deemed medically or behaviorally necessary or for post-discharge placement purposes;
  • Restricting new patient admissions to only those revoked by the Psychiatric Security Review Board or people under Aid and Assist orders who meet criteria for expedited admission;
  • Creating protected spaces for patients at highest risk due to medical conditions;
  • Setting up isolation units for patients who have respiratory symptoms and who may test positive for COVID-19;
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning;
  • Installing additional handwashing stations.

We’re doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by acting on state and federal guidance to limit exposure through social distancing measures. We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.

Friends and family with questions or concerns should contact Consumer and Family Services at osh.consumer& You can also call them at 503-947-8109 in Salem and 541-465-2785 in Junction City.

For the latest information on the state’s response to COVID-19, please refer to the Oregon Health Authority website.


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