visitor restrictions for COVID-19
Updated on August 6, 2020
Learn more about Dayton Children's response to COVID-19 at childrensdayton.org/coronavirus
We have implemented visitor restrictions to limit the number of people in the hospital. All of these efforts are to help keep our patients, families and staff safe, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- While we still encourage you to limit to one adult caregiver per patient patients may have two adult caregivers accompany them. No other visitors will be permitted, including siblings. These restrictions apply for all areas including clinic appointments, inpatient stays, surgery and urgent/emergency care.
- Adult caregivers will be screened for wellness every day. They should also do hand hygiene (use hand sanitizer or wash their hands) at the wellness screening and before coming in and out of their child’s room. Caregivers will also be asked to primarily stay in their child’s room.
- Anyone over the age of 50 with chronic health problems should avoid visiting a patient in the hospital.
- No NICU visitation will be allowed for confirmed COVID-19 mothers and partners while able to transmit COVID-19.*
- No COVID-19 positive persons or symptomatic individuals awaiting test results will be permitted to visit patients.*
With limited exceptions in extreme cases.
*Defining when a person with COVID becomes non-infectious is not straightforward.
The CDC currently recommends a symptom and time-based approach, reserving a test-based approach for rare circumstances. Immunocompetent persons may be considered non-infectious if:
(a) no fever for 24 hours without the use of medicine
(b) at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (or, in the case of asymptomatic at least 10 days have passed since the positive test), and
(c) symptoms have improved.
For persons severely or critically ill with COVID-19, and for severely immunocompromised individuals, the length of time since symptoms first appeared can be extended to 20 days.
Family and friends are encouraged to communicate with patients by:
o Using Skype or Facetime via their cell phones
o Sending an email or greeting card
when you arrive at the hospital
We have limited entrances at the main and south campuses, so follow the signs to the open entrance. All patients, visitors and staff will have their temperature taken (must be below 100 degrees) and will be asked if they have had a cough, respiratory illness symptoms (difficulty breathing or shortness of breath) and if they have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
All visitors (adults and children) will also receive a disposable mask after they are screened. If you come to the hospital wearing a cloth mask, you may continue wearing it. We are also happy to provide a disposable mask, if you'd prefer. You can read more about this change here.
Thank you for your patience and understanding!