PeaceHealth relaxes visitation policies

Submitted by PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center.

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center has relaxed visitation policies further effective Wednesday, Oct. 26. San Juan County has maintained a “moderate” transmission risk level for more than seven days, which meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the lower risk level for healthcare facilities.

Patients can now have two people visit at a time. This is a change from current policy allowing only one visitor at a time.

Visitors are still required to wear a mask in healthcare settings per state health department and CDC guidelines.

Visitors will be asked to self-screen by reviewing the posters displayed that list COVID-19 symptom.

Transmission rates have also fallen in Whatcom County, so our PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics there have also eased protocols.

PeaceHealth remains cautious and is prepared to tighten up protocols should these trends again reverse.

About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Washington, PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Visit us online at

About PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center: Located in Friday Harbor, Washington, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is a 10-bed critical access hospital which also houses an expanded primary and specialty care clinic to serve the San Juan Islands. The hospital is celebrating its 10th anniversary in November of 2022.