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Friday, March 13, 2020
The health and safety of patients is our top priority. For
that reason, Oregon State Hospital (OSH) has suspended patient and family
visitation on the Salem and Junction City Campuses beginning Saturday, March
14, for at least 30 days. Visits to patients in hospice care will continue.
This decision complies with new federal and state directives
to limit exposure of people in in-patient psychiatric facilities to COVID-19.
As a reminder, there are currently no identified cases of COVID-19 at either
OSH understands the critical role
friends and family they play in a patient’s journey of recovery. This decision
was not made lightly, and we understand the impact that this necessary action
will have on the people in our care and on their families and friends.
In the meantime, we have expanded
phone times. Unit phones will remain on from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, and
patients can call their loved ones at other times by asking staff for
assistance. We are working on a plan to
possibly offer “virtual” visitations. Please look for more messages about this.
We hope to resume normal visitation
as soon as possible and will make changes as we receive more guidance.
Please call Consumer & Family Services at 503-947-8109 in
Salem and 541-465-2785 in Junction City for more information. You can also
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