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5/18/20 news article

updated visitor restrictions

These visitor restrictions are valid as of May 18, 2020. As this is a rapidly changing situation, these may have changed. To ensure you are seeing the most current visitor restrictions please click here. 

As our community moves to living with COVID-19, we are updating our safety policies to keep our patients, families and staff safe while responsibly returning a new normal. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Each patient may have two adult caregivers with them while in they are in the hospital. Those caregivers are to remain the same two throughout the visit or stay. While two are permitted, we still ask that when possible, just one caregiver come with the child. This helps limit the number of people in the buildings, allows for social distancing and less chance of the spread of the virus. We ask that you please keep all other children at home. Exceptions must be arranged with the patient care manager of the unit or administrator.
  • Everyone will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 at entry. Everyone older than 2 years of age will be provided a hospital-grade mask to wear for the duration of their visit. Patients may be exempted from wearing a mask if they cannot remove the mask on their own or if they have special needs in which wearing a mask would cause other health issues. All others must wear the mask, covering their mouth and nose, at all times.
  • If an adult caregiver screens positive for signs of COVID-19, they will not be permitted to visit an inpatient. All other appointments or visits will be evaluated and may be completed via alternative means, such as a virtual visit.
  • 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.

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. 

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