Visitation Level - Yellow

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.
  • If 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
  • Patients who have a disability 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.

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.

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

  • 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).
  • For Covid-19 positive obstetric patients or for a possible COVID-19 obstetric patient – One support person is allowed. This person must be screened and without any symptoms of COVID-19. The baby will room in with the mother.​

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.