Visitation Level - Green

Nivel de visitas – Verde

If a visitor* is approved based upon the criteria below, the visitor will need to follow our safety precautions:

  • Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 and/or flu-like symptoms, such as temperature, fever, cough or shortness of breath and will not be able to stay if symptomatic.
  • Visitors must socially distance when possible.
  • Face masks are required to enter any of our care facilities and must be worn at all times. Well-fitted masks covering both nose and mouth REQUIRED for all patients and visitors at Meritus Medical Center and at all Meritus Health Ambulatory practices.
  • If an exception is made and a visitor is entering a suspected/COVID patient room, they should be educated on hand hygiene, wear gloves, gown and surgical mask with eye shield; nursing staff should provide proper PPE training to visitors
  • At the request of a patient/family** for a visit from a clergy of any religious affiliation, the clergy can offer prayer via phone, zoom or outside the patient’s room. Meritus can provide this service. Please contact Spiritual Care.
  • Disabled patients may identify two designated support persons as care partners (per Maryland regulation). Designated support persons must follow all hospital infection prevention policies. These practices may prohibit the designated support person from entering certain areas of the hospital.

All Adult Inpatients: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • No restrictions

ADULT COVID POSITIVE PATIENTS: 8 A.M. - 8 P.M., 7 DAYS A WEEK

  • All visits must be coordinated with the patient's care team ahead of time.
  • Those visiting COVID-19 positive patients must sign a waiver stating they understand the risks of visitation. They also must wear personal protective equipment provided by the hospital. Staff will ensure the visitors are properly wearing the equipment.
  • To be sure care is not disrupted and healing is not disturbed, visitors must follow all staff directions while at Meritus Medical Center, including proper use of PPE, not visiting other areas of the hospital, not eating or drinking in patients' rooms and not leaving without guidance from the bedside staff.

Pediatric Inpatients: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • No restrictions

Obstetric Patients (Labor and Delivery): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Visitors living outside the household must be 12 years or older

Ambulatory Facilities: Department specific

  • Ambulatory surgery centers – No restrictions
  • Outpatient Services and Practices at any Meritus Health System facility – No restrictions
  • IV Infusion/ Wound and Same-day surgery/procedure – No restrictions
  • Cancer center patients – No restrictions

Emergency Department Services: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • No restrictions

*A visitor is a guest of the patient and family, and is anyone whom the patient or proxy determines is significant to his/her well-being, and whose presence enhances the patient experience of care. In some cases, visitors may be relatives.

**Family is defined by the patient as the people who provide the primary physical, psychological, or emotional support for the patient. Family is not necessarily blood relatives. When the patient is unable to define the family, the patient’s designated representative provides the definition. Family members are encouraged to be involved and supportive of the patient and are integral to the overall well-being of the patient.

The hospital will not restrict, limit or otherwise deny family presence or visitation privileges based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

The policy applies to all patients in all Meritus Health facilities. This decision aligns us with other hospitals in Maryland and is consistent with approaches taken by other leading health care institutions nationwide. This serves to both better protect the community and as well the health of our providers and staff.