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COVID-19 Visitor Policy

Last updated May 4, 2021

We are not allowing routine visitation at this time

UW Medicine's patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families in the healing process. However, due to the recent and rapid increases in COVID-19 cases in our community, we are imposing restrictions on visitors for your safety and the safety of our employees.

UW Medicine has implemented restricted visitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Routine visiting is suspended in UW Medicine hospitals until transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to the health of the community.

UW Medicine outpatient clinics encourage our patients to come alone to their appointments. You may however:

  • Have one adult accompany you.
  • Postpartum patients may bring their newborns.
  • Bring your children if you have no alternative.

Additional expectations for all allowed visitors

Please note that all visitors in all UW medicine facilities will be subject to the following additional expectations:

  • Visitors must always wear masks.
  • Visitors cannot have pending COVID-19 tests that were taken due to symptoms or exposure to a person who tested positive with COVID-19.
  • Visitors will be screened at specific entry points and only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Visitors may not consume food or beverages in lobbies or waiting areas.
  • Visitors must stay in the room with the patient except when arriving or departing.
  • Visitors cannot have tested positive or been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Approved visitors are encouraged to avoid eating and drinking in patient rooms unless necessary for an extended duration visit. If eating and drinking must occur, timing should be coordinated with the care team to maximize safety. Visitors must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from patients when eating or drinking.

We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times. Our goal is to protect you, your family and friends, and our staff. We look forward to resuming visitation when COVID-19 is no longer a threat to the health of our community.