Visitation Level - Orange

Nivel de visitas – Anaranjado

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 one 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: Monday – Sunday, 8:00am – 8:00pm

  • Maximum of 1 visitor at the bedside (ages 18 and older)
  • End-of-life care: Two visitors are allowed at a time. Other family members** will have to remain outside the facility to rotate in special circumstances.

Pediatric Inpatients: Monday – Sunday, 8:00am – 8:00pm

  • Non-COVID-19 patients – One or two designated caregivers will be allowed for the duration of the hospital stay. We ask that only one primary caregiver be present in the hospital at any one time.
  • Possible COVID-19 patients – Only one designated caregiver will be allowed with pediatric patients hospitalized with possible COVID-19; that caregiver must stay with the patient in their room during the patient’s stay.
  • Caregivers should be parents or legal guardians, must be in good health and must remain in good health during the patient’s hospitalization.

Obstetric Patients (Labor and Delivery): Monday – Sunday, 8:00am – 8:00pm

  • Maximum of 1 visitor at the bedside (ages 18 and older)
  • Newborns transferred to the SCN will be allowed 2 visitors – the mother and her support person
  • For Covid-19 positive obstetric patients or for a possible COVID-19 obstetric patient – One support person is allowed with the mother only. The support person cannot provide cares to the newborn. The newborn will be allowed to have one consistent designated support person, unless newborn is transferred to the SCN. This person must be screened and without any symptoms of COVID-19.

Ambulatory Facilities: Department specific

  • Ambulatory surgery centers – Maximum 1 visitor are allowed (ages 18 and older).
  • Outpatient Services and Practices at any Meritus Health System facility – Maximum 1 visitor are allowed (ages 18 and older).
  • IV Infusion/ Wound and Same-day surgery/procedure – Maximum 1 visitor are allowed (ages 18 and older).
  • Cancer center patients – Maximum 1 visitors are allowed (ages 18 and older).

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

  • One visitor is allowed.
  • For patients under the age of 18, two visitors are permitted.
  • If the patient is admitted, that visitor is allowed to accompany the patient to their room and follow inpatient visiting hours.

*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.