The following general visitation guidelines are in effect at all WVU Medicine East facilities including Berkeley Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center and all University Healthcare Physicians outpatient physician clinics.

· All visitors must wear a mask at all times.

· Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

· Individuals who are ill are not permitted to visit patients.

· Approved visitors are required to register at the information desk in the main lobby to obtain a visitor pass.

· Visitation is not permitted for COVID-19-positive patients and COVID-19 persons under investigation (PUIs) (see exceptions for pediatrics below).

· Visitors are to stay in the room at all times and not travel to common areas.

· Visitors must exit through the main lobby and return their visitor pass. They will not be allowed to return until the next day.

· Visitors are not permitted on the Behavioral Health Unit.

*Exceptions to visitation will be made based on patient condition and on a case-by-case basis by the department leader and/or house supervisor. Exceptions include but are not limited to deaf/blind patients, low mental capacity, significant mobility limitations, critical conversations (goals of care), Pediatrics/NICU, OB patients and end of life.

Adult inpatient

· One approved adult primary caretaker/visitor OR alternate is allowed per day during designated visiting hours; visitors are not allowed to exit building and return in same day.

· One approved visitor may visit for 30 minutes at time of admission and discharge if not within designated visiting hours.

· No overnight visitation is allowed.

Pediatric inpatient

· One approved visitor is allowed at a time in patient’s room for pediatric inpatients.

· One approved overnight visitor is allowed for pediatric inpatients.

· Pediatric COVID-19-positive inpatients and COVID-19 PUIs are allowed one approved visitor in room at all times, including overnight.

· OB/Maternal Infant Care patients may have one approved visitor at all times, including overnight. No COVID-19 or PUI visitors.

· NICU patients are allowed one approved visitor at all times, including overnight. No COVID-19 or PUI visitors are allowed.

Pre-op visits, procedures, or a diagnostic tests

· Patients should plan to attend their outpatient pre-op visit, procedure or diagnostic test alone.

· Limited exceptions will be made based on patient condition and on a case-by-case basis by the department leader and/or house supervisor.

Ambulatory (outpatient) clinic appointments

· Patients are encouraged to attend their appointments alone.

· If approved, one visitor may accompany an adult patient to the appointment and remain in the room during the visit.

· Pediatric patients are allowed one visitor/parent as needed.

Emergency Department (ED) visits

· One visitor (age 18+) is allowed with each adult ED patient.

· One visitor (age 18+) is allowed with each pediatric ED patient.

· The Emergency Department waiting room is reserved for patients only. The visitor will be asked to wait in their vehicle until the patient is moved to a room unless the patient requires the visitor to assist with maintaining safety (e.g., deaf/blind patients, low mental capacity, significant mobility limitations).

· The visitor may accompany the patient to the room and remain there during the ED stay. Switching out of visitors is discouraged.

End-of-life care

· Two approved visitors from immediate family are permitted in room at one time