Visitation Level - Green

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

  • Unvaccinated visitors, and visitors with symptoms of viral illness (regardless of vaccine status) must wear a mask inside all Meritus Health facilities.
  • Visitors who are fully-vaccinated, and not experiencing symptoms of a viral illness, can follow our Masking Guidance at all Meritus Health facilities.
  • A visitor is entering a suspected/COVID patient room, should be educated on proper PPE use and hand hygiene.
  • Clergy may visit and should be educated on proper PPE and hand hygiene or can offer prayer via phone, zoom or outside the patient’s room.
  • 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

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.