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visitor restrictions for COVID-19

Updated on May 15, 2020

Learn more about Dayton Children's response to COVID-19 at

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. 

  • Beginning May 18, patients may have two adult caregivers accompany them: While we still encourage you to limit to one adult caregiver per patient, starting Monday, May 18, we have eased restrictions to allow two adult caregivers per patient. 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.

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. Based on your response, you will get a certain colored sticker/bracelet to wear.

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!

updates on COVID-19

Please use our coronavirus information hub for resources and answers to frequently asked questions about Dayton Children's response to COVID-19. You can also call our COVID-19 parent hotline at 1-888-746-KIDS (5437) from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm for additional questions.