Hospital Visitation and Screening PolicyUpdated 7/11/20
interim restrictions to the visitation policy
As our region experiences a rise in transmission of COVID-19, UTMB continues to prepare for a substantial increase in the care we provide to patients affected by the disease.
To deliver safe care to our patients during this challenging period, effective Saturday, July 11, the following restrictions to the visitation policy will apply:
Visitors to Inpatient Units:
- Only ONE unique adult visitor (age 18 years or older) will be allowed during the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. only.
- Visits will be limited to 30 minutes or less.
- All visitors must be healthy and must wear a face mask the entire time they are in a UTMB facility. Personal face coverings from home are encouraged.
- Visitors will not be permitted to congregate in any public area, including in the hospital lobby or cafeteria.
- COVID-19-infected or COVID-19-suspected patients will NOT be allowed any visitors, except under exceptional circumstances.
Exceptions to Inpatient Visitation:
- One adult visitor may accompany patients for elective day-surgery procedures at any time, but the visitor will be restricted to the procedure area only.
- One adult visitor may accompany a patient in the Emergency Department. However, NO visitors may be allowed to accompany a COVID-19-suspected or COVID-infected patient. Furthermore, no visitors will be allowed to wait in the ED waiting room while the patient is undergoing evaluation.
- *Please note: Due to constraints based on space/size and coordination of patient traffic, a no-visitor policy remains in effect for the Angleton Danbury Campus Emergency Room.
- One partner or spouse may stay continuously with a patient in Labor & Delivery and the Mother Baby Unit.
- One parent or caregiver may stay continuously with a child receiving pediatric care. Multiple healthy caregivers may alternate visits, as long as only one is with the child at a time.
- The mother and one additional caregiver (designated by the mother) may visit neonatal ICU patients.
- Beyond these examples, visitor permission may be granted on a case-by-case basis only by the Clinical Operations Administrator.
Visitors to Outpatient Clinics:
- Visitors are not allowed, with exceptions for the following:
- Elective procedures in an outpatient setting (please confirm the visitor with care team; visitors must be healthy and age 18 or older).
- One healthy parent or caregiver with a pediatric patient.
- One healthy required medical decision-maker with adult patients.
- One healthy caregiver for patients who are unable to walk or move about without assistance.
Anyone allowed access to a UTMB facility will be screened for COVID-19-related symptoms at designated entrances. Please note that most hospital entrances will be closed; signage is posted to direct visitors to the correct entrance.
If visitors have symptoms, including but not limited to a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they will be denied entry for the safety of all patients, visitors and staff.
Additional visitation restrictions may apply based on the patient location and clinical condition.