At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Please note that Shriners Hospitals for Children does not administer COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. If your child has an upcoming appointment and you or your child are exhibiting a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location to reschedule the appointment.

What to expect at the Portland Shriners Hospital.

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Coronavirus: What to expect at the Portland Shriners Hospital

Coronavirus: What to expect at the Portland Shriners Hospital

The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is our highest priority. In our community, there are many known cases of coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19) in the state of Oregon. Our staff members are working with public health and emergency preparedness officials to ensure that our hospital has the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus. That’s why patients and visitors will see a few changes in order to ensure their protection. However, because coronavirus is new and largely unknown, our process is being monitored and may change as time goes on.

Beginning on Thursday, March 5, screenings will begin to take place at the front desk when patients and visitors arrive. All visitors who enter the building for services must be well. To ensure this, all visitors will be screened for the following symptoms upon arrival at the front desk:

  • Fever
  • Epidemiologic risks (travel to epidemic areas or known exposure)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Our hope is to reduce the spread of disease. If you or someone in your group is not feeling well, please stay at home. In this time of inhopecreased respiratory illness, including COVID-19, all patients should only be accompanied by one well parent/guardian, and no siblings. If the patient is ill, or someone in the patient's household is ill, please call 503-221-3422 before your arrival to the hospital.

Everyone can do their part to help reduce the spread of disease by using these easy, preventive actions.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Additionally, build your body’s overall health resilience by eating well, exercising, getting plenty of rest and staying up to date on vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine each year and it is not too late to be vaccinated.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in your work space, such as workstations, countertops and doorknobs.

County Public Health officials have recommended canceling group events in Portland in hopes of reducing the spread of the coronavirus. With this in mind, the AT Fair (scheduled for Tuesday, March 10) will be canceled at this time. This is only a precaution in order to keep our patients and staff healthy. All other upcoming events at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  

If you have an upcoming appointment at the Portland Shriners Hospital and would like to discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing, please call us at 971-282-4603. Thank you!