Willamette Valley Cancer Institute (WVCI) has updated our masking policy in response to the change in Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines. Universal masking is no longer required in most clinical settings, reflecting a decline in COVID-19, influenza, and RSV cases.
Effective April 3, mandatory masking for all patients and visitors was lifted. WVCI encourages those who are immune-compromised or anyone who feels safer wearing a mask to please continue to do so. Masks will be available to patients and visitors at all of our clinic locations for your convenience. Our staff will respect each patient's decision and mask as appropriate in exam rooms or in close contact.
Masks are required for patients or visitors with respiratory symptoms, 10 days post-COVID illness, and after close contact with someone with COVID-19 to protect high-risk patients and staff from possible transmission of viruses.
WVCI physicians and staff will continue safeguarding vulnerable patients with preventive measures including wearing masks when in close contact with patients who are wearing masks and isolation procedures for confirmed COVID positive patients or patients with confirmed respiratory viruses.
In addition, for the safety of our patients and staff, there is no change to our visitor policy at this time. We are allowing one (1) visitor for visits with your provider only or any non-staff restricted areas. Radiation treatment, Laboratory Services, and the Infusion Suites are considered staff-restricted areas. Caregivers in those areas will be approved only if medically necessary. If you have concerns, please speak to your provider, they will be glad to discuss it with you.
On behalf of our Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.