Current Level: Orange (Visitors Very Restricted)

At the orange level, visitation is very restricted, with some exceptions.

Learn more about who is considered a care partner or designated support person.

Inpatient Visitation

  • Adult inpatients not confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in private and semi-private rooms may have one care partner at the bedside daily. (Please see exceptions below for when patients are at the end of life.)
    • These patients may also receive religious services from the clergy of their choice at any reasonable time if this can be provided without disruption to their or other patients' care.
  • Adult inpatients confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 are not able to have care partners, except at end-of-life or other designated exceptions.
  • Patients in shared spaces (for example, PACU, Emergency Department waiting rooms) may not have care partners except for end-of-life care or designated exceptions.
  • Individuals with disabilities, including those who are COVID positive, may have a designated support person with them at any time during their hospital stay. A patient may designate up to two support persons during their stay, but only one may be present at any given time.
  • Patients in behavioral health and inpatient rehabilitation units may have one care partner under circumstances determined by the treatment team. See the full UMMS Visitor Policy for details.
  • Patients in labor in our obstetrics departments, including COVID-positive patients, are allowed to have one care partner, which may be their partner or another designated support person such as a birth coach or doula.
  • For children, including those who are COVID-positive, two parents or guardians are allowed at the bedside during hospital visiting hours. One parent or guardian may remain overnight if the facility can accommodate.
  • For patients requiring aerosol-generating procedures, please see the full UMMS Visitor Policy.

Patients at the End of Life

End of life is defined as when death is anticipated within the next 24 hours or the patient is receiving inpatient hospice.

Patients Not Confirmed or Suspected to Have COVID

  • Up to three care partners are permitted at the bedside at any one time; a maximum of nine individuals may be identified as care partners.
  • Care partners may switch out, according to their needs.

COVID Patients and Patients Under Investigation for COVID

  • Up to three care partners are permitted at the bedside at any one time; a maximum of nine individuals may be identified as care partners.
  • Care partners may switch out, according to a patient's needs.
  • Care partner visits are limited to the patient's room only and will not be longer than an hour.
  • Patients may receive religious services in compassionate care circumstances or at the end of life.
  • The care partners and clergy must put on and take off the provided personal protective equipment (PPE) under the direction of unit staff.
  • Care partners for patients who are COVID-positive or under investigation for COVID must have reviewed the Acknowledgement of Risk Form.

Outpatient Appointments and Procedures

  • One designated support person may accompany a patient if necessary to help with the care of the patient during an outpatient visit, procedure or same-day surgery, procedure or same-day surgery.
  • The designated support person should be 18 years of age or older; exceptions to this age restriction include: 1) if the patient is a minor and the accompanying individual is a parent, 2) if the accompanying individual is the infant of a nursing mother, or 3) if the parent of the patient is under 18 years old.

For further details, please see UMMS Visitor Policy.