Sentara Healthcare has updated its visitor policy

Published 2:55 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16, all routine visiting is being suspended until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community. Exceptions include:

Obstetric patients may have one partner and one birth support person accompany them.

Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have 2 parents, legal guardians, or caregivers who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.

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Patients who are at the end-of-life may have 2 visitors.

Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have 1 visitor.

Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have 1 visitor.

Minors under the age of 18 may have 1 visitor, either a parent or a guardian.

Patients visiting the Emergency Department, may have 1 person with them only during their ED stay.

Visitors age 12 and under are prohibited inside our hospitals. Visitors allowed must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital immediately.