Information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
We know many of you have questions and concerns about COVID-19 in your community. Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness, so it is important to be informed about how to protect yourself and others.
Below you will find some information about COVID-19 related to pediatric care at Mary Bridge Children's. For additional information about COVID-19, including testing, treatment and vaccine information, please visit MultiCare's main COVID-19 Resource Center.
What do I do if my child or I am sick?
If you or your child have upper respiratory symptoms (cough, fever or shortness of breath) and believe you need to be evaluated for COVID-19 – please call first before visiting a hospital, clinic or urgent care to determine if you need to visit a specific site for testing. We have also established an assessment tool to help determine if you are at risk for COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or upper respiratory symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion), please use Mary Bridge Children's Virtual Urgent Care. If clinically appropriate, we will refer you to a site for further evaluation.
How do I talk with my kids about COVID-19?
Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce your stress and help calm likely anxieties.
View the Helping Children Cope guide, which includes reactions according to age group and the best ways you can respond.
If you or a loved one is having a difficult time coping with the outbreak and want to seek outside help, there are ways to get that help. For example:
- Get support regarding your anxiety or stress by speaking to a trained counselor at SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or by texting TalkWithUS 66746
- Contact your health care provider to ask health-related questions or seek mental health support.
Visiting Mary Bridge
- Visitor restrictions at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
To make sure our patients, visitors and staff stay safe while we address the current COVID-19 situation, MultiCare has established visitor restrictions at our hospitals. Learn more about our current visitor restrictions.
- Is it safe for my child to receive care at a Mary Bridge Children's?
We continue to care for our patients using the highest safety and quality standards, using recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). While COVID-19 is new to our community, caring for patients with serious illnesses is not. Every day, Mary Bridge and MultiCare routinely cares for patients with serious illnesses, including contagious diseases, while protecting the health of our other patients.
Patients with serious infections are isolated and cared for in appropriate spaces by trained staff. We follow best practices and strict safety and quality guidelines. We are equipped to care for these patients while protecting the health of others — including laboring mothers, babies and families and our staff.
If you or a loved one is seriously ill or injured, please do not let fear of COVID-19 keep you from getting the care you need.
- I have a loved one currently receiving care at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Is it safe to visit them?
Mary Bridge has made some changes to our visitation policies because of the current COVID-19 situation. We may need to further revise those policies as time goes on, so please review our COVID-19 Visitor Policy to get the most up-to-date information.
We know it can be difficult to not have have access to friends and loved ones while you are in the hospital. Phone calls and video chats can be one way to stay connected while you or your loved one is in the hospital.
- Should I wear a mask when coming to the Mary Bridge hospital or clinic?
Yes. Masks are required at Mary Bridge Children’s outpatient clinics for all patients, visitors and caregivers. This includes our hospital and all our outpatient clinics. We strongly encourage all patients and visitors to wear their own masks to our facilities for use during their visit. We will provide masks to those arriving without them.