Hospital Visitation and Screening PolicyUpdated 10/13/20

Please be advised that COVID-19-infected or COVID-19-suspected patients will NOT be allowed any visitors, except under exceptional circumstances.

All visitors are required to check in at the hospital front desk and follow these safety measures:

  • Masks MUST be worn at all times within the building. Masks are not required for children under age 2.
  • Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at their destination; if visitors exhibit symptoms, they will be denied entry.
  • Visitors are not permitted to congregate in public areas, such as lobbies and cafeterias.

Adult Inpatient Unit Visitation:

  • A maximum total of TWO (2) healthy adult visitor (age 18+) are permitted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Visits are limited to 30 minutes.

Women’s, Infants’ and Children’s Unit Visitation:

  • One (1) healthy partner or spouse may stay continuously with a patient in Labor & Delivery and the Mother Baby Unit.
  • In general pediatric wards and pediatric ICU, patients who are COVID-19 negative may have two designated primary caregivers with them at any given time. Patients who are COVID-19 positive may designate up to two caregivers who can alternate their visitation, but the caregiver must remain in the patient’s room.
  • The mother and one additional caregiver (designated by the mother) may visit neonatal ICU patients.

Emergency Department Visitation:

  • Two adult visitors may accompany a patient in the Emergency Department. However, NO visitors may be allowed to accompany a COVID-19-suspected or COVID-infected patient into the examination room (exception is for one adult caregiver accompanying children age 18 years or younger).
    • *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.

Compassionate Care Exceptions:

  • Some compassionate-care exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, with approval by the Unit Nurse Manager or Clinical Operations Administrator. Exceptions will be granted for extenuating circumstances, such as end-of-life care.

Outpatient Surgical Procedures:

  • Visitors are not allowed in, with exceptions for the following:
    • Patients having a Day Surgery (outpatient surgical procedure) may be accompanied by one (1) health visitor at any time. The visitor will be restricted to the procedure area and/or waiting area only.
    • Two healthy caregivers 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.

Clinic Visitor Policy:

  • Below are our current policies for caregiver(s) accompanying patients in our clinics:
    • One healthy caregiver if the patient is a child;
    • One healthy caregiver if they are involved with medical decision making;
    • One healthy caregiver if the patient needs assistance with mobility;
    • Other exceptions only if approved in advance by the provider.

UTMB Health recognizes the importance of family support to our patients, and we encourage patients to have virtual visits with loved ones using their personal smart devices during this time.