Visiting Guidelines

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As of June 17, Van Wert Health has modified its visitation restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. In addition to the screening and hand hygiene protocols currently in place, we ask that all visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. Please remember these changes are for the safety of our patients, staff, and the community.

Visiting hours are from 8 AM - 8 PM

Patients and families are encouraged to use technology to stay connected to friends and family while keeping safe from infections that can be spread from person to person.

Additionally, you may send a free eCheer card to your loved one in the hospital! 

Pediatric Inpatient

  • Up to 2 healthy primary caregivers may accompany pediatric patients.
  • For pediatric patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19, only one adult primary caregiver may accompany the patient, and must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of the patient’s admission.
  • Visiting hours do not apply for caregivers of pediatric patients, they are invited to stay for the entire duration of a patient's stay.

Adult Inpatient

  • One healthy visitor, age 18 or older, at a time may accompany each adult inpatient during visiting hours (8 AM - 7 PM).
  • Adult patients with developmental delays or significant cognitive impairment will be allowed to have one additional essential visitor who is permitted to stay around the clock with the patient.
  • No visitors are allowed for adult patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Adult Emergency Services

  • Two healthy visitors at a time may accompany each adult patient.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients who have tested positive for or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Pediatric Emergency Services

  • Two healthy visitors, age 18 or older, at a time may accompany each pediatric patient. Siblings under age 18 are not permitted at this time.

Adult Surgery and Procedures

  • One healthy adult visitor may accompany each adult patient scheduled for surgery or a procedure.

Pediatric Surgery and Procedures

  • Two healthy adult visitors may accompany each pediatric patient scheduled for surgery or a procedure.

Labor and Delivery

  • Mothers laboring and delivering may have a support person. Visiting hours do not apply for this support person, they are invited to stay for the entire duration of a patient's stay.
  • One additional healthy visitor, age 18 or older, at a time may be present during visiting hours (8 AM - 7 PM).
  • No visitors are allowed for patients who have tested positive for or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

All Patients at End of Life

  • Patients who are nearing end of life may have additional visitors present. The patient’s clinical care team makes the determination that a patient is considered at end of life if the patient has been transitioned to comfort care or is considered to be within hours or days of end of life.

Pastoral Care

  • Pastoral visits and clergy support from a patient’s own faith community are always welcome and will not “count” toward a patient’s approved visitors for the day.

Special Considerations

  • There are limited special exceptions that may be considered with coordination with the clinical care team.