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Purple Visitor Guidelines for Patient Care Partners During COVID-19

Purple Level Outpatient Care Partner Guidelines - Most Limited

The health and safety of our patients, their families and JHM staff members is our top priority. Our care partner visitation guidelines balance prevention of the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 with the needs of our patients and their loved ones. Guidelines may vary slightly depending on care needs and location.

Responsibilities of a Care Partner for Outpatient Visits

A care partner may be a relative, partner, friend or anyone patients choose to have at their side during care. When permitted by the risk level, children under 18 years old accompanying adult patients to clinic visits must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Care partners must follow these safety precautions, even if vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • Wear a face mask that fully covers your nose and mouth at all times. The following face coverings are not allowed: bandanas, gaiters, masks with exhalation valves or clear shield-like face masks. A mask will be provided for you if you need one. Care partners found not wearing a mask may be asked to leave.
  • Participate in screening for COVID-19 symptoms by answering questions when entering a building or by using Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 screening via smartphone (see instructions below). Care partners and support persons arriving with, or later developing, symptoms of COVID-19 must leave immediately.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often, including upon entering the building and at entry and exit to the clinical care room.
  • If you become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 within 3 days of accompanying a patient to their outpatient visit, notify the patient’s provider, nurse or clinic.

Care partners who do not comply with these guidelines may be asked to leave Johns Hopkins Medicine’s facilities.

Do not come to a Johns Hopkins Medicine facility to visit a patient under any circumstances if you:

  • Feel sick, or have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the last three weeks
  • Have been advised to get a COVID-19 test, or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks
  • Have been asked to be on home quarantine or in isolation

Screen Before You Arrive

Fill out this form to perform a COVID-19 screening before coming to a Johns Hopkins facility. If you are unable to self-screen, you will be screened in person upon entry to the facility.

 LEVEL PURPLE: HIGHEST RISK
Ambulatory Surgery Centers;
Hospital-based Adult Same Day Surgery
  • One adult care partner may come with the patient to check-in, then must leave the surgical waiting area until the care team contacts them.
Outpatient Obstetrics and Gynecology;
Maternal Fetal Medicine, Fetal Assessment;
Fetal Therapy; or Perinatal Ultrasound
  • One adult care partner may be with the patient for obstetrics (OB) and ultrasound visits.* 
  • No care partners permitted for other types of visits unless there is an exception for a disability or other care team-approved exception. 
  • Due to spacing, care partners are not allowed for patients of Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Outpatient Cancer Center Clinics; Infusion Suites
  • One adult care partner may be with the patient for the appointment and in the waiting room, as long as there is room.
  • If space is limited, one adult care partner may assist vulnerable patients with transport to and from clinic or infusion suite but must wait outside of clinic area during visit.
Adult Office Visits at Any Johns Hopkins Medicine Facility
  • No care partners allowed unless there is an exception for a disability or other care team-approved exceptions.*
  • One adult care partner may assist vulnerable patients with transport to and from clinic but must wait outside of clinic area during visit, unless the care partner is needed for medical decision-making.
  • Care partners are encouraged to participate virtually in visits.
Pediatric Office Visits at Any Johns Hopkins Medicine Facility
  • One adult care partner; no one else (including siblings) may come to the visit.* If an exception is needed, please speak with your care team.
*Care partners who are breastfeeding/chestfeeding an infant age 8 months or younger may bring the infant to appointments if no other care option is available.

Purple Level Inpatient Care Partner Guidelines - Most Limited

The health and safety of our patients, their families and staff members is our top priority. Our care partner visitation guidelines balance helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the needs of our patients and their loved ones. Guidelines may vary slightly depending on care needs and location.

Responsibilities of a Care Partner for Inpatient Visits

A care partner may be a relative, partner, friend or anyone the patient chooses to have at their side during care. Care partners must be age 18 or older, except for those who are parents of patients.

Care partners must follow these safety precautions, even if vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • Wear a face mask that fully covers your nose and mouth at all times, including when in the patient’s room. The following face coverings are not approved: bandanas, gaiters, masks with exhalation valves or clear shield-like face masks. A mask will be provided for you if you need one. Care partners are not allowed to eat or drink in adult patient rooms or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Care partners found not wearing a mask may be asked to leave.
  • Be screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms through a verbal screening when entering a building or in advance by using Johns Hopkins’ mobile COVID-19 screening via smartphone (see instructions below). Care partners and support persons arriving with or developing symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately leave the hospital.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet (including to the extent possible in the patient’s room).
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often, including upon entering the hospital and at each entry and exit to the patient’s room.
  • If you become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 within 3 days of visiting a patient in the hospital, notify the patient’s provider, nurse, or the charge nurse on the patient’s hospital unit.

Care partners who do not comply with these guidelines may be asked to leave Johns Hopkins Medicine’s facilities.

Do not come to a Johns Hopkins facility to visit a patient under any circumstance if you:

  • Feel sick, or have COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms
  • Tested positive for COVID-19, within the last three weeks
  • Have been advised to get a COVID-19 test, or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks
  • Have been asked to be on home quarantine or in isolation

Screen Before You Arrive

Fill out this form to perform a COVID-19 screening before coming to a Johns Hopkins facility.

Exceptions may be granted under the following circumstances:

  • A patient with a disability needs assistance.
    • Care partners may take turns being with the patient 24 hours per day, if needed.
    • Up to two care partners may be at the bedside at a time, in private rooms.
  • Please speak with your care team about requests for exceptions related to end-of-life visits, discharge education, goals of care planning, or traumatic events that require emergency surgery.
Type of Inpatient VisitNumber of Care Partners
Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19Adult
  • No care partners may visit except for end-of-life care, medical necessity and patients in labor. Care partner must wear protective equipment and follow care team instructions.
Pediatrics
  • One parent or guardian may be present; must stay with the patient in their room throughout the patient’s stay. Parent’s meals will be delivered and eaten in the room with the child.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit policies for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 may vary. Please check with your care team.
Shared Spaces
(for example, semiprivate rooms, bays, waiting rooms)
  • See “All Other Adult Inpatients” section of this chart for patients in semiprivate rooms.
Adult patients prior to a surgery or
procedure requiring an inpatient
hospitalization in a private room
  • One care partner may bring the patient to the prep area for registration. Once registration is complete, the care partner must leave.
  • Once a patient has been admitted, follow the guidelines listed below under the “All Other Adult Inpatients” section of this chart.
Emergency Department
(patients in private rooms)
  • No care partners may visit except for designated exceptions.
Obstetrics/Labor and Delivery
  • One care partner is permitted for labor, delivery and the duration of the birth parent’s hospital stay (including overnight); must be the same care partner throughout the stay, except in cases where the patient has a disability (see above exceptions).
  • One doula is permitted for labor and non-surgical delivery.
  • One care partner OR one doula is allowed in the operating room during surgical delivery.
Pediatrics
(patients who do not have COVID-19/are not
suspected of having COVID-19)
  • Up to two care partners may be at the bedside at the same time; however, we strongly encourage only one care partner at a time for safety reasons. Up to four care partners can be named and rotate to see the patient. End-of-life exceptions for siblings may apply. Must be the same care partners throughout the stay.
  • Up to two care partners may stay overnight if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the visit. Care partners who plan to stay overnight should carry documentation of vaccination or test results with them and be prepared to show the documentation if asked.
  • Care partners must be the parents/guardians or be approved by the parents/guardians.
  • Applies to inpatient and emergency room visits.
  • Intensive care units: Visiting hours and guidelines may vary. Please check with your care team.
  • For patients having surgery or a procedure at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center or Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital:
    • Two care partners may go with the patient to waiting area and prep area.
    • One care partner may be with the child in the recovery area.
Psychiatry
  • One care partner may be permitted at the discretion of the clinical team. 
  • Time and duration of visit will be determined by clinical team.
  • Please collaborate with your care team to coordinate visits.
End of Life (all patients)
  • Up to two care partners at the bedside at the same time; care partners may alternate throughout the day for as long as the clinical team deems it is safe and feasible.
Patients requiring aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs)
(e.g. continuous nebulizers)
  • No care partners may be in the patient’s room during the procedure, but they may enter once the procedure is done. Care partner must follow instructions from care team members.

 

All Other Adult Inpatients
  • One care partner may come in daily during visiting hours. This must be the same person for seven days. A new care partner can rotate in every seven days.
  • One care partner may stay overnight for a patient with a disability or if a patient is determined to need additional care partner help at night. The care partner must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or has tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the visit. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second shot of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
    • Care partners who plan to stay overnight should carry documentation of vaccination or test results with them and be prepared to show the documentation if asked.
Care team may further restrict visitation for extremely high-risk or immunosuppressed patients.
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