Effective Wednesday, March 16 at 8 a.m., Kettering Health is opening visitation, resuming regular pre-pandemic visitor guidelines in emergency departments and hospital units.
Behavioral health patients and those coming in for outpatient testing, outpatient therapy, or office visits are encouraged to check the visitor policy with individual providers or facilities before visiting.
Visitation for Patients Suspected or Diagnosed with COVID-19:
Those who are suspected to have COVID-19 or inpatients diagnosed with COVID-19 are allowed one (1) visitor at a time by appointment only. All other visitors must wait outside the facility until their appointed time, and visitors must be age 12 and up.
Visitation is limited to 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Visits must be scheduled and coordinated with hospital leadership.
- Visitors are no longer required to sign a waiver before visiting a patient with COVID-19.
- Visitors are no longer restricted to a two-hour time limit for each visit with a patient.
- Hospital-provided PPE is to be worn by the visitor in the room with social distancing practiced at all times during the visit.
What to expect as a visitor of a patient suspected to have or diagnosed with COVID-19:
- You must follow all visitor instructions.
- You must pass the facility’s entry screening process.
- Check-in at the nurses’ station on the unit and notify staff of arrival prior to entering the patient room.
- Before entering the patient room, you will be required to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by the nursing team, which includes a gown, gloves, and isolation mask. A face shield or goggles should also be worn.
- When entering an isolation room or area, a member of the hospital care team will help you with PPE.
- You are allowed to bring food to the patient, but food items will not be able to be stored in the unit patient refrigerators.
- When exiting an isolation room or area, a member of the hospital care team will help you safely remove your PPE.
- At the end of the visit, you will leave the hospital directly.