University of Maryland Medical Center bars all visitors with rare exceptions

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 09:48:12-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Beginning Friday there will be no visitors allowed at any University of Maryland Medical Center facilities, except under specific circumstances.

Here's a list of those exceptions.

Exceptions to the Strict Patient Safety Policy include:For in-patient facilities:

§ End-of-life care or end of life decision making. For these situations, two visitors will be permitted.
§ One parent or caregiver of a child in the neonatal intensive care unit
§ One parent or caregiver of pediatric patients as long as they are not symptomatic
§ One visitor inclusive of a professional support person or postpartum helper of a patient in the labor and delivery and the postpartum units
§ One visitor for patients in inpatient hospice units
§ One visitor to accompany patients for hospital discharge
§ One visitor for patients undergoing emergency surgery
§ Visitors who have been asked by the patient’s care team to be a part of scheduled family training for patients with rehabilitation needs.
For all outpatient appointments:

§ One visitor will be permitted to accompany a patient to facilitate care or treatment such as an ambulatory visit, procedure or same-day surgery

The policy is similar to the one already implemented by all Johns Hopkins Medicine facilities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.