Visitor Restrictions

COVID-19 Updates

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Effective Monday, Monday, April 25, 2022

General Inpatient Visitation

  • One visitor per day permitted. Visiting hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Visitors cannot leave and come back. 
  • Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 may not have any visitors nor deliveries of personal belongings from the outside. 
  • No one under 18 years old may visit. 
  • No sick visitors will be permitted. 
  • All visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks upon entering the hospital. If they fail the screening, they will be asked to leave the hospital. 
  • All visitors must use hand sanitizer upon entry and must wear a hospital-issued mask at all times. Visitors arriving with their own masks or face coverings will be required to cover them with hospital-issued masks. 
  • Visitors may not bring food. 
  • Visitors may bring flowers and personal belongings such as clothes and electronic devices for patients (with the exception of those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19), but may not have these items delivered to the patient. 
  • Visitors must check out as they leave the lobby.

Exceptions and Additional Restrictions  

On units with exceptions and additional restrictions, nursing staff will provide further details to patients and visitors.

  • Emergency Department: One visitor permitted. At times, visitors may not be permitted due to patient volume and will be asked to wait in their car. If a patient is admitted from the ED, the visitor may escort the patient to the inpatient unit to get settled. Visiting hours as described above would apply based on unit. 
  • Labor & Delivery: One support person allowed. In addition, a doula is permitted. 
  • Mother/Baby: One support person allowed from arrival to time of discharge and may stay for the duration of the mother’s hospitalization; support person may not leave and return. 
  • NICU: Both parents may visit at the same time, but only one is allowed at infant’s bedside at one time. 
  • Pediatrics: Two parents may visit at one time, and one parent may stay overnight. 
  • ICU: Visitation will be by appointment only. Visitors should contact the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule (Medical/Surgical ICU: 201-894-3390; Cardiovascular ICU: 201-894-3455). 
  • Behavioral Health (4 East): Visitation will be by appointment only. Visitors should contact the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule (201-894-3142). 
  • Hospice/End-of-Life: Exceptions for extended hours will be considered. Arrangements should be made through Patient and Family Engagement or the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule. 
  • Patients with disabilities due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns can have ONE designated support person visit with the approval of the nurse manager/nursing supervisor. A designated support person can be: 
    • a family member 
    • a personal care assistant 
    • another disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient’s care 

Outpatients in Surgical/Procedural Areas 

  • One support person permitted until patient is taken into prep. Support person must then leave until called by clinical staff to return to the patient for discharge and transportation. In the event the support person has no vehicle and nowhere to wait for the patient, the hospital will provide a waiting area with seating that follows social distancing guidelines and ensures people are kept 6 feet apart. 
  • One support person permitted in the recovery area only for adult patients with intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disability or pediatric patients with approval from the manager.  

Other Outpatients (Physician Offices and Outpatient Diagnostic/Therapeutic Services) 

  • One support person permitted only for adult patients with intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disability. 
  • One parent/guardian for pediatric patient permitted.

All visitors must follow all instructions from the patient’s care team and the security team and may be asked to leave at any time if not complying with those instructions or otherwise in the interest of safety.

Our front desk team will ensure the appropriate number of visitors. If an excess number of people arrive to visit, they may be asked to return to their car to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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