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Indiana University Health updates temporary visitor guidelines

Effective Jan. 19, patients at all IU Health hospitals and facilities who are not positive for or suspected to have COVID-19 can have one visitor per day.

“We know from experience that connections with loved ones are a key part of the healing

process for patients and contribute to their overall recovery,” said Jason Gilbert, executive vice

president and chief nursing officer at IU Health. “We are confident our safety protocols can

prevent the spread of COVID-19 while allowing patients to have contact with those who matter

most to them.”

Hospital visitor guidelines

  • One visitor (18 and older) will be welcomed per patient per day.

  • Visitors must screen negative for COVID-19 and follow all COVID-19 protocols while on site.

  • Visitors must wear a hospital-provided mask at all times, including in the patient’s room.

  • Face masks may be removed while eating or drinking. Please put your face mask back on as soon as you are done.

  • If you are eating or drinking and someone enters the room, please put your face mask on immediately.

  • Visitors must wash hands or use hand sanitizer often, including upon entry and exit from the patient’s room.

  • Practice physical distancing, including in the patient’s room.

  • If a visitor needs to leave the hospital during their visit, they may not return on the same day.

  • Visitors should remain in the patient’s room, except to get food inside the hospital and then return to the room or to exit for the day.

  • Visitors should not sleep overnight in a patient room, except in special circumstances that are reviewed and approved in advance with hospital leadership.

  • For pediatric patients, one parent or guardian may be present and stay in the patient’s room.

Exceptions will be considered in the following areas where a patient may receive two

designated visitors:

  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

  • End-of-life situations

  • Outpatient and clinic visitor guidelines

Patients may bring one adult (18 and older) companion to an appointment. Visitors must

screen negative for COVID-19 and follow all COVID-19 protocols while on site.

If the companion is a parent or guardian of a minor and does not pass the screening,

another adult can be screened, or the appointment can be rescheduled.

More information about COVID-19, visitor guidelines and screening processes can be found at http://iuhealth.org. Visitor guidelines for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health can be found at http://Rileychildrens.org

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