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Visitor Restrictions and Mask Use

Temporary Changes to OhioHealth Visitor Policies

This page contains information about COVID-19 screening at all OhioHealth locations, visitor restrictions and exceptions, and mask guidelines.

Facility Entrance Screenings

Effective immediately, all associates, providers, patients and visitors (who meet exemption criteria) are required to have their temperature taken when entering any OhioHealth location.

Screening stations approved by Infection Prevention will be put in place, which may result in a change of routine access points. Individual care sites will communicate any changes to access points.

You must have a business need to enter any OhioHealth building. For example: patients, associates, physicians or vendors.

No visitor will be allowed access to any OhioHealth location if any of the following apply:

  • Exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
  • Fever within the past 24 hours.
  • Cough or shortness of breath within the past 14 days.
  • Contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within the past 14 days.
  • International travel within the past 14 days.

Patient Visitor Restrictions

OhioHealth no longer permits patient visitors at any OhioHealth hospital, with few exceptions.

Limited exceptions

Patient visitors must be 18 or older, unless they are the patient’s parent or guardian.

  • Patients receiving end-of-life care. Acute end-of-life patients may have up to three visitors at any given time, and no maximum number of visitors per day.
  • Patients under 18. These patients may have two parents or guardians visit, who are not mandated to leave at the close of visitor hours.
  • Patients with disabilities who need assistance. Caretakers for patients who are disoriented, disabled or in need of an interpreter.
  • Maternity patients are limited to one support person, who may not leave the hospital for the duration of the stay. Support people who leave the hospital will not be allowed back in. If the mother is a minor, she can have a or parent or guardian visitor in addition to the father of the baby. Care sites with NICUs will follow Nationwide Children’s Hospital visitor management policy, allowing parents only, but 24-hour access is currently permitted.
  • Surgical patients may have a visitor on the day of surgery.

Visitor Mask Use

We will permit wearing a homemade mask at OhioHealth locations ONLY if you are a visitor without a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Visitors can bring their own mask to wear at an OhioHealth location, or use an OhioHealth-provided homemade mask.
  • Visitors provided an OhioHealth homemade mask are asked to take it home with them.

If you choose to wear a mask, treat the outside of your mask as contaminated.

  • Avoid touching the outside of the mask.
  • Wash your hands promptly after touching the mask. (20 seconds with soap and water).
  • Do not share your mask.