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Co-directors Maggie Moon and David HackamDrs. Moon and Hackam, co-directors of Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Dear Children’s Center Patients and Families:

The well-being of our patients is our most important consideration when making decisions regarding visitation in the Children’s Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to carefully consider what is in everyone’s best interest in order to prevent the spread of the virus. We know this hasn’t been easy on you, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we worked to maintain a safe, caring environment.

We recognize how valuable it is for our pediatric patients to have both parents/caregivers at the bedside, and respect the importance parents put on being together when their child is in the hospital. After careful consideration and planning, we have made the following revisions to our policy.

Visitor Guidelines

Inpatient and Emergency Department Visits

  • Up to two care partners may be at the bedside at the same time. Care partners must be the parents/guardians or be approved by the parents/guardians.
  • Care partners may rotate during the day and care partners may stay overnight as long as there are only two care partners at the bedside at a time.
  • Siblings under 18 years old may visit inpatient units during visiting hours if accompanied by the patient’s parent/guardian.

Intensive Care Units

Visiting hours and guidelines may vary. Please check with your care team.

General Care Units

Maximum of three siblings and one adult, or two adults and two siblings, may be at the bedside at a time during visiting hours.

Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19 or with Confirmed COVID-19

One healthy parent/caregiver can be identified to stay with the patient for the entire hospital stay. Neonatal ICU policies for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 may vary. Please check with your care team's leadership.

Patients Having Surgery or a Procedure

Two healthy parents/guardians may accompany the patient in the waiting area and prep areas. In the recovery area, one adult at a time is permitted.

Outpatient Visits

Up to two care partners may come with the patient to the visit. The care partners may be two adults, or one adult and one sibling.

See Johns Hopkins Medicine's full visitor guidelines.

To ensure our facility is as safe as possible for patients, families and staff:

  • Parents/guardians will need to participate in a daily COVID-19 screening. Once you have passed the screening, you will receive a sticker with the day’s date which must be worn and easily visible.
  • All staff will participate in the same daily screening.
  • Parents/guardians must wear an appropriate mask at all times, including in your child’s room when care providers are present. You and your family will be treated as one unit and should sit closely when staff enters your child’s room to maintain physical distancing.

Thank you for understanding the reasoning behind why we are taking these important measures. The health and safety of our patients, families and staff is, and always will be, our main priority.


Margaret Moon, M.D., M.P.H.

Dawn Luzetsky, R.N., D.N.P.
Senior Director of Nursing

David Hackam, M.D., Ph.D.

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