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Visiting Hours

Modified Patient and Visitor Guidelines

For the safety of our patients, staff and community, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is modifying our patient and visitor guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


HCGH is a patient and family-centered facility and we recognize the important role family and friends play in the healing process. We try to make our visiting hours as flexible and patient-directed as possible.

There are some areas where patient request, clinical needs or unit logistics require visitation restrictions. Speak to your nurse about any limitations that might exist in your area. General visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and we request you abide by our quiet hour guidelines from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

With the your consent, a family member, friend or other individual  – who may or may not be your surrogate decision maker – may be with you throughout your stay, as long as it does not conflict with a medical or safety issues. You may also refuse visitors at any time.

All visitors must receive a visitor’s pass from the Information Desk in the hospital lobby and must wear the badge while in the hospital. Visitors who are ill should not visit patients. If a visitor displays unsafe, threatening or aggressive behavior, security measures will be taken to protect our patients and staff.

It is the policy of Howard County General Hospital to prohibit visitation discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disabilities. This non-discrimination policy applies to all facilities and programs of the hospital.

General Visiting Hours

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rules for Specific Units

Some areas have more restrictive visitation guidelines based on the nature of the clinical care they deliver:

Emergency Room

Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk

  • Provided there is enough space for physical distancing, up to two care partners may be with the patient at the same time in the waiting room and in a private room.
  • Must be the same care partners while in the emergency department.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk

Labor and Delivery

Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk

  • Up to two care partners may visit at the same time and are permitted for labor, delivery and duration of the birth parent’s hospital stay.
  • Children under 15 years old years old may visit if accompanied by an adult care partner.
  • Up to four care partners may rotate during visiting hours. To prevent overcrowding in waiting areas, “care partner exchange” must occur outside the hospital or in lobby areas.
  • 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.

Maternal Child Unit

Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk


Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk

Psychiatry (1 North)

Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk

  • Two care partners 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.

Surgery (Periop)

Updated 3/16/22 - Visitor level green - lower risk



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