We're Here for You
During COVID-19

Dr. Jing Zeng, Medical Director

Week of May 10, 2021

About proton therapy

The Center’s number one priority is protecting the health of our patients and staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to assess the situation and take appropriate measures to address the risks.

The Center has adopted a universal masking protocol. Patients, essential caregivers, and staff at the center must wear masks at all times. The Center will provide a new mask
to patients and caregivers each day upon arrival.

At this time the Center does not permit other types of masks supplied from home (e.g. homemade cloth masks). If you have a known allergy, please alert your care team prior to your appointment, and they will determine a suitable alternative.

While in the lobby, masks should be worn while waiting, making phone calls, or other activity. Please limit eating and drinking when possible, as this requires the removal of your mask. If a mask must be removed to take a drink, please put the mask back on as soon as you have finished doing so.

Masks with valves are not permitted at the Center.

In order to minimize the risk of COVID-19, visitors are not allowed to enter the Center with patients unless they are considered an essential caregiver. Examples of an essential caregiver are a parent accompanying a minor or a person who assists with a patient’s daily activities due to mobility issues. Patients may have up to (1) visitor accompany them into the Center for Consultations or OTVs (weekly on-treatment visit with the doctor). All other visitors will be asked to wait in their car until the patient has completed their appointment.

Contact the Center prior to your appointment if you have ANY of the following symptoms: a fever ≥100 F or 37.6C, new cough, new shortness of breath, sore throat, uncontrollable runny nose (in the absence of allergies), muscle aches, loss of smell or taste, new onset diarrhea, chills, repeated shaking with chills, headache, OR patient has been sent for COVID-19 testing. Patients and essential caregivers will be screened by nursing staff at the Center’s entrance and receive a daily “I’ve been screened” sticker to verify they are asymptomatic.

To prevent the spread of illness, we continue to promote good hygiene. Practice good hand hygiene while moving thorough the Center.  You will be asked to sanitize or wash your hands when entering and exiting treatment rooms and exam rooms.

As always, we continue to sanitize hard surfaces throughout the Center including treatment equipment frequently.

We also encourage you to practice good social distancing!  Ideally, maintain 6-feet of distance between you, your care staff, and other patients.

For more information, visit the University of Washington Medicine's COVID-19 information page: https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus.