Temporary Visitor Restrictions
Effective April 6, we now require every person walking through our hospitals or physician practices to wear a face mask at all times. This is for the safety of our staff, patients, and communities. Learn more here.
Virtual Visiting for Families
- At this time, we are offering virtual visiting for families of COVID-19 patients through Virtual Patient Connect.
COVID-19 Strict Patient Safety Measures
Due to the quickly escalating number of COVID-19 cases related to community spread, the University of Maryland Medical System has enacted a comprehensive, system-wide Strict Patient Safety Policy that began March 20, 2020 and will be in place until further notice. This approach is consistent with other health institutions across the country.
- Applies to all patients within the hospital, regardless of unit or condition, who are seen in UMMS facilities.
- In inpatient facilities, no visitors will be permitted except under specific circumstances, and by prior approval of the Physician Administrative Officer or designee, including:
- End-of-life care or end-of-life decision making. For the purposes of this policy, clergy members do not count toward the visitor allotment for end-of-life care.
- One parent or caregiver of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit.
- One parent or caregiver of pediatric patients as long as they are not symptomatic.
- One visitor inclusive of a professional support person or postpartum helper of a patient in the labor & delivery and postpartum units.
- One visitor for patients in inpatient hospice units.
- One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge.
- One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery.
- Visitors who have been asked by the patient’s care team to be a part of scheduled family training for patients with rehabilitation needs.
- For all outpatient appointments:
- One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to facilitate care or treatment such as an ambulatory visit, procedure or same-day surgery.
- Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or sore throat, depending on the situation.
- Family, friends and loved ones should use electronic devices and apps to keep in contact with patients whenever possible. (e.g. phones, FaceTime, Skype, etc.)