As community spread of COVID-19 continues to increase, Texas Health is refining its visitor policy to protect patients and caregivers. The new hospital visitor policy is effective as of 7 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Texas Health facilities.
Hospital inpatients – Visitors will not be permitted at this time. Exceptions will be considered for special circumstances, such as critically ill patients who may be at the end of life.
Women's Services – One visitor is permitted for labor and delivery and post-partum patients, and two parents or guardians are permitted for NICU patients.
Emergency Department – Visitors will not be permitted in treatment areas. If required, one visitor will be allowed to support patients with impairment or mobility needs.
Hospital Outpatient Services – One visitor will be allowed to support treatment for patients with impairment or mobility needs.
Visitors must be at least 16 years old and meet screening criteria each time they enter the facility. All visitors must follow all required precautions, including:
- Following social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet distance from others
- Practicing good hand hygiene
- Following the directions of hospital staff
We understand these changes will present a challenge for our patients. Keeping in mind that exposed individuals may not have symptoms for several days and as the number of community spread cases increase, we feel this revision to the policy is in the best interest of our patients and care team.