Access Restrictions to Prevent the Spread of the Flu

To protect our patients, volunteers, providers and staff from the flu, beginning at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, all visitors to EvergreenHealth Medical Center will be screened for flu-like symptoms before entering the main hospital.

Why are we limiting access?

King County health care facilities are reporting higher than usual cases of influenza this year.

Our clinical leaders have been monitoring these cases, and in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, we are implementing precautionary prevention measures, including the screening, to minimize further effects of the virus on our staff, providers, patients and community.

Whose access are we limiting?

Every visitor to EvergreenHealth Medical Center’s main hospital building (including the Blue, Coral, Green, Purple, Red and Silver zones) will be screened for flu-like symptoms.

  • If the visitor has flu-like symptoms and is here to seek medical attention, they will be asked to wear a mask during their visit.
  • If the visitor has flu-like symptoms and is not seeking medical care themselves, they will be asked to postpone their visit.
  • No child under the age of 16 will be allowed to visit the main hospital; the only exception will be if the child has an immediate family member in the Family Maternity Center, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or the Pediatric Care Unit in which case the child will be screened and may be allowed access only if they do not have any symptoms. They will be restricted to vising their immediate family members only, and are asked not to visit common areas such as Cafe 128, the Gift Shops or the playroom.

We understand that this may impact the ability of family and loved ones to visit patients during their stay in the hospital. We do apologize for this inconvenience.

It is our commitment to ensure the Absolute Safety and Service of every patient in our care; these preventative measures will help us keep everyone safer from the flu.

We will discontinue these measures when our clinical leaders determine it is safe to do so.

Where are we limiting access?

The access limitations will affect only the main hospital building (Blue, Coral, Green, Purple, Red and Silver zones).

This means that all doors and access points to these areas will be locked, with exception of the four screening points:

  1. the Emergency Department Entrance (from West parking)
  2. the Silver Entrance (from West parking)
  3. the Blue Entrance (from Central parking)
  4. the first-floor Blue zone access to the tunnel from Tan

Click for map of entry points

The Hospice Center will provide its own screening of visitors; anyone with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a mask during their visit.

Which areas are NOT affected?

The following locations will continue to allow unrestricted access:

  • Tan (EvergreenHealth Surgery & Physicians Pavilion)
  • DeYoung Pavilion (EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute)
  • Administrative Services Building
  • Human Resources/Information Technology
  • EvergreenHealth Plaza
  • All offsite Primary Care, Urgent Care and Specialty Care practices

For More Information

To learn more, we invite you to call our 24-hour Healthline, 425.899.3000. 

Thank you for your part in keeping everyone safer from the flu.