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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:

  • For inpatient and emergency department visits, up to two parents or guardians may visit at the same time. Must be the same care partners throughout the stay. End-of-life exceptions for siblings may apply.
  • For patients under investigation for COVID-19 or confirmed to have 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.
  • For 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.
  • For outpatient visits, up to two healthy parents/guardians may accompany the patient; no one else (including siblings) may come with the parent/guardian and patient to the visit.
  • See Johns Hopkins Medicine's full visitor guidelines.

Unfortunately, we must continue to suspend sibling visitation until further notice. In addition, no one under the age of 18 may visit, unless they are a parent.

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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