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Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

Last Updated: 10/05/2021

Individual hospitals will set visiting hours and visitation duration.

Before you visit your loved one, please check ahead to find out what specific policies the hospital has established so your visit can go as smoothly as possible.

Safety protocols for hospital visitation as required by the Department of Health include:

  • All visitors will be provided with and must wear appropriate PPE as recommended by the CDC.
  • If a visitor refuses to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated, they will be asked to leave the facility.
  • Facilities should determine the appropriate number of visitors allowed at any one time for a patient, except: if the the patient is a minor, at a minimum the pediatric patient may have both parents or guardians; and if the patient requires support due to a physical or cognitive disability at a minimum a support person should be allowed to accompany the resident, including overnight in the case of inpatient procedures
  • All visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks upon entering the facility. If they fail the screening, they will not be allowed entry into the facility.
  • All visitors must perform hand hygiene before visiting a patient.

As of September 7th, 2021, all workers in acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, and some other state and private health care facilities will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week.

For a full list of visitor safety policies, refer to page 9 of Executive Directive No. 20-018.

Source: Executive Directive No. 20-018.