NEWS | May 6, 2020

Hospital visitor restrictions eased

Updated policy allows one visitor per patient in most circumstances


UC Davis Medical Center is updating its visitor policy to reflect the changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning this morning, a newly modified patient-visitation policy took effect at the medical center and in hospital-based clinics. Patients may now have one visitor accompany them into the hospital. However, that individual must remain in the patient’s room during their visit. A loved one who is visiting should have no symptoms of illness or have had a recent positive COVID-19 test. Visitors are welcome to be with patients daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition, here are the other updated changes to the visitor policy during the pandemic:

  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor.
  • Labor and Delivery patients may have one partner and one birth-support person.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
  • Pediatric patients may have one loved one, either a parent or a guardian.
  • Patients who are at the end-of-life may have 2 loved ones visit at one time.
  • In the Emergency Department, patients who are being evaluated may have one loved one with them if they are 18 years or older; patients under the age of 18 may have two legal guardians at the bedside.

In every case, visitors will be screened before each visit for symptoms of illness, such as fever, cough, sore throat, etc. Visitors will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of their visit, and they must stay in either in their patient's room or the cafeteria, where they must practice physical distancing and keep their time in the public space brief.

The hospital’s information desk at the Pavilion will be given a list of patients who qualify to receive visitors.

UC Davis Health’s care philosophy has always emphasized family and loved ones as part of the healing process. However, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the local public health emergency, it has taken extra steps to protect patients, staff, visitors and the community.