Services Update | COVID-19
Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most (but not all) situations. One area where the new masking guidelines will NOT change is in health care. The CDC, state and local guidance still calls for universal masking in all patient care areas.
DINW and our partner health system, MultiCare, are aligned in requiring universal masking for patient facing staff, patients, and visitors at our facilities for the foreseeable future.
As more women get vaccinated against COVID-19, some may develop swollen lymph nodes under their arm on the same side as their vaccine injection. Axillary lymphadenopathy or axillary adenopathy is the medical term referring to the change in size and consistency of lymph nodes in the armpit, also called the axilla. This is a normal immune response to a vaccine. The swollen lymph nodes usually return to normal on their own in a few days or weeks. Learn more: What You Need to Know About Mammograms and the COVID-19 Vaccine or check out our frequently asked questions.
Providing safe, high quality care continues to be our #1 priority. We are following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and American College of Radiology to evaluate the needs of our patients, staff, community and healthcare providers.
In order to best serve our community, we are announcing some important updates to our services:
- Updated Visitor Policy: In order to comply with the governor’s COVID guidelines, only patients will be allowed to enter our clinics. Unless it is medically necessary for a patient to be accompanied by a healthy family member or caregiver, all visitors will be required to wait outside the clinic to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus. (Please note: At this time, OB Ultrasound patients will be allowed to have one healthy visitor accompany them to their appointment.)
- Symptomatic X-ray Site: Effective June 11, we are closing our symptomatic x-ray site in Puyallup. This closure marks a major milestone in the pandemic as we no longer have the volume needed to have a stand-alone site. Patients who are symptomatic but vaccinated may be seen in our OP locations. Patients who are NOT vaccinated and are symptomatic and cannot wait 14 days to be seen should go to the hospital.
- During this time, we will be asking all patients some additional screening questions at the time of scheduling their appointments. Screening questions will be asked again upon arrival to our imaging centers, and we will be taking temperatures using temporal thermometers.
- We ask that you alert us immediately if you have an appointment and have tested positive for COVID-19 so we can reschedule your appointment for a later date.
These precautions are for your added safety and peace of mind. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause you. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.
Please call our scheduling team with questions about your appointment or to reschedule your exam.
TRA Scheduling: 253-761-4200
DINW Scheduling: 253-841-4353