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PeaceHealth updates masking requirements for caregivers, patients and visitors

| News | COVID-19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – In alignment with the Washington State Department of Health and Oregon Health Authority announcements earlier this month that masking requirements in healthcare settings will end on April 3, PeaceHealth will be updating its masking requirements.

Starting Monday, April 3, masking will still be highly encouraged, but no longer be required for caregivers, patients and visitors except in high-risk situations and areas such as infusion centers, dialysis units, radiation and oncology clinics.

“Safe, effective vaccines have created greater immunity to the COVID-19 virus in our communities,” said Doug Koekkoek, MD, chief physician and clinical executive. “Scientific data continues to show fewer deaths due to COVID-19 and those who are infected tend to have less-severe symptoms.”

As we look forward to adjusting these restrictions implemented during the pandemic, the safety of our caregivers, patients and communities remains our top priority.

Updates about visitor information, vaccines, testing and treatments is available at

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at

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