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Visiting Hours

Last updated April 3, 2020 @ 7 p.m.

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 below. 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).

No visitors are allowed in our hospitals except:

  • Maternity patients may have 1 visitor.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have 2 visitors.
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life may have 2 visitors.
  • Patients with altered mental status, developmental delays or behavioral health concerns may have 1 visitor.
  • Minors under the age of 18 may have 1 visitor, either a parent or a guardian.

Visitor safety guidelines:

  • Visitors 12 and under are prohibited from our hospitals.
  • Visitors will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • Visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting patient room.
  • Visitors allowed must stay in the patient's room the entire time of the visit.
  • Once a visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital immediately.

Sentara Emergency Departments

The safety of our team members and patients is our highest priority. Effective March 26, 2020, NO visitors are allowed in our Emergency Departments (ED) except:

  • Patients with altered mental status, developmental delays or behavioral concerns may have 1 visitor.
  • Minors under the age of 18 may have 1 visitor, either a parent or guardian.
  • Patients who are critically ill or critically injured may have 1 visitor.
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