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Virtual Town Halls

Listen to recordings from our virtual town halls featuring Johns Hopkins Children's Center experts on the state of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 1, 2020

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:

  • 2 healthy parents/guardians can be identified to be at their child’s bedside, 24/7, throughout their child’s hospital stay.

  • 1 healthy parent/caregiver can be identified to stay with a patient under investigation for COVID-19 or confirmed to have COVID-19 for the entire hospital stay.

  • 2 healthy parents/guardians may accompany their child to the emergency medicine department.

  • 2 healthy parents/guardians may accompany their child for surgical procedures.

  • 1 healthy parent/guardian may accompany their child to ambulatory/specialty clinic appointments.

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, RN, DNP
Senior Director of Nursing

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

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