WVU Medicine East continues implementing visitation restrictions in response to COVID-19

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center and University Healthcare Physicians will continue to implement the visitations restrictions that were put into place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While several WVU Medicine hospitals across the state will begin to relax visitation restrictions, facilities in the Eastern Panhandle will continue to limit visitation to ensure the safety of patients and employees. The Eastern Panhandle was previously identified by the Governor’s office as a COVID-19 hotspot. Though that designation has been lifted, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties continue to see a high number of positive COVID-19 cases.

Visitation restrictions include:

  • Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center have implemented a No Visitation Policy. Limited exceptions will be made for end-of-life, pediatrics/NICU and OB patients
  • All University Healthcare Physicians offices have implemented a Patient Only Policy. Only the patient will be able to enter the clinic for the appointment. Pediatric patients (under 18) should be accompanied by one adult.
  • All patients and employees must wear a mask at all times.

“With COVID-19 cases continuing to increase in the Eastern Panhandle, it is more important than ever to limit possible exposure and prioritize the safety of our community,” Samantha Richards, WVU Medicine East vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, said. “We understand the importance of allowing visitation and will continue to evaluate our visitation policy going forward. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.”

For further information about the visitation restrictions call the hospital or physician office. 

For more information about COVID-19, visit WVUMedicine.org/COVID. For more information about WVU Medicine, visit WVUMedicine.org.


For more information:

Chelsie Davis, Communications Specialist, 304-596-6327,

[email protected] 


TEM:  6-19-20