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OhioHealth Adjusting Visitor Policy Based On Latest COVID-19 Surge

Following the recent community surge of COVID-19 cases, OhioHealth announced that patients will be allowed to designate a single visitor for inpatient for the duration of their stay starting August 31. Patients in emergency, medical practice, surgery, and outpatient infusion/radiation oncology space remain unchanged with one visitor allowed. The new visitor policy will go into effect August 31, at midnight.

  • Designated visitor may enter and exit the hospital as needed and stay overnight if clinically appropriate.
  • Outpatients will continue to follow the outpatient exception policy
  • Patients receiving behavioral healthcare will continue with current scheduled visitation process.
  • OhioHealth Physician Group remains one visitor.

Requirements for visitors include:

  • Visitor must be ASYMPTOMATIC, wear masks and pass screenings.
  • Visitor must be 18 years and older unless they are a parent of a patient.

Limited exceptions include:

  • Caretaker: Visitor acting as a CARETAKER for a patient that is:
    • Confirmed by clinical team a caretaker is currently required to support patient care.
    • Dependent on caretaker prior to admission to perform tasks of basic activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting and communication.
    • Disoriented (e.g. traumatic brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer’s, altered mental state)
    • Disabled (e.g. developmentally, hearing, autistic, etc.)
    • In need of an interpreter.
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care: Hospice/end-of-life patients may have up to three visitors at any given time, and no maximum number of visitors per day.
  • Patients receiving neonatal, pediatric, adolescent care: Minor patients may have two parents or guardians visit.
  • Maternity patients: Patients receiving maternity care are limited to two support persons.
    • One of the support persons may stay overnight.
    • Doulas are permitted, during labor and delivery, in addition to the two designated support persons.
    • If the patient is a minor, patient may have both parents/guardians in addition to the other parent of the baby.
    • Care sites with NICUs will follow Nationwide Children’s Hospital visitor management policy.
  • Special Circumstance: Determined by clinical team

About OhioHealth 

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.  

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area. It has been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 2007. 

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