Last updated October 9, 2020 @ 7 a.m.
Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital will modify visitation until we are able to safely implement new opportunities for limited visitation. Effective 10/9/2020.
As a result of these new restrictions, no visitors are allowed in the hospital or in the Emergency Department.
- Maternity, Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have 1 visitor.
- Patients who are end of life may have 2 visitors (Non-COVID and COVID patients) at the discretion of nursing leadership.
- Patients with disruptive behavior, altered mental status, handicaps, or developmental delays may have 1 visitor to stay with them throughout their stay.
- Minors under the age of 18 may have 1 visitor, either a parent or a guardian.
- Visitors allowed must stay in the patient's room the entire time of the visit and must wear a mask the entire time they are in the building. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital immediately and not congregate in public areas.
- Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital will continue to monitor the visitor policy and will adjust accordingly as appropriate
Visitor Safety Guidelines for Non-COVID-19 Patients
- Visitors 12 and under are prohibited from our hospitals.
- A visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or current / pending COVID status.
Our patient care depends greatly on engaging families as part of the healing process. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we must take extra steps to protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community.
We recognize there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. In these cases, visitors will be allowed based on the exceptions listed above. Please note in all cases a visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath).