Visitation Level - Yellow

Nivel de visitas – Amarillo

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

  • Maximum of 2 visitors at the bedside (ages 12 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: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Maximum 2 designated caregivers will be allowed for the duration of the hospital 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): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Maximum 2 visitors are allowed (ages 12 and older).

Ambulatory Facilities: Department specific

  • Ambulatory surgery centers – Maximum 2 visitors are allowed (ages 12 and older).
  • Outpatient Services and Practices at any Meritus Health System facility – Maximum 2 visitors are allowed (ages 12 and older).
  • IV Infusion/ Wound and Same-day surgery/procedure – Maximum 2 visitors are allowed (ages 12 and older).
  • Cancer center patients – Maximum 2 visitors are allowed (ages 12 and older).

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

  • Maximum 2 visitors are allowed (ages 12 and older).

*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.