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visitor restrictions for COVID-19

Updated on March 20, 2020

Dear patients and families,  

Now that the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Ohio, we are updating our safety policies to keep our patients, families and staff safe. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Adult caregivers, maximum of one (1) is permitted (if your child is staying in the hospital, there is still a maximum of one (1) adult caregiver permitted at a time, however, one (1) additional adult caregiver can switch in and out during your child’s stay.) No other visitors will be permitted, including siblings. Exceptions must be arranged with the patient care manager of the unit or administrator. This applies to inpatient stays as well as clinic visits.
  • Adult caregivers of inpatients must be screened for wellness every day. Adult caregivers will receive a sticker, badge or clearance to wear on the unit or while inside Dayton Children’s.

Colors indicate:

o   Green- May visit, no mask

o   Yellow- May visit but a mask is required
 

  • Adult caregivers with mild respiratory symptoms – but absent of fever – may visit and must wear a mask (yellow sticker). If a fever is detected during wellness screening or a guardian is not wearing a required mask, they will be asked to leave.
  • Adult caregivers without a badge may not enter patient care areas.
  • All adult caregivers are expected to do hand hygiene at 1) the wellness screening, 2) before entering and exiting the patient’s room.
  • Anyone over age 50 or with chronic health problems should avoid visiting a patient in the hospital.
  • All guardians will be asked to primarily remain in the room with the patient.
     

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 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Your health — and the health of our patients — is our priority.

Sincerely,
The staff at Dayton Children’s Hospital