OU Health Updates Visitation Policy for Hospitals and Clinics
Published: Monday, February 1, 2021
As the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to change, OU Health has revised its visitation policy with regard to our patients.
Realizing the emotional support of friends and family members is important to healing and well-being, effective Monday, June 14, all OU Health hospitals and clinics will allow two guests visiting patients who do not have COVID-19. Hospitalized patients will be asked to identify two guests who are allowed to visit during the hospital stay. These designations will be documented in the patient's health record. Guests other than the two designated individuals must obtain an exception, determined by the administrator on call.
OU Health continues to observe precautions deemed necessary to decrease the potential spread of COVID-19 to staff and patients, therefore, guests of hospital and clinic patients must:
- Be over the age of 12.
- Be screened for COVID-19 at an entrance or point of service. If guests are feeling unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be allowed to stay.
- Sign to acknowledge acceptance of terms contained in the Guest Expectations form.
- Stay in the patient's room at all times, unless asked to leave by hospital staff for reasons related to safety or patient care. If asked to leave a patient's room temporarily, guests will use a designated waiting area until notified by a care team member to return to the patient's room.
- Wear an approved mask at all times while in the facility, including the patient's room. Neck gaiters, buffs, bandanas or scarves are not allowed.
Examples of approved masks include:
- Cloth mask with no vents or exhalation valves.
- Procedural/surgical-type masks.
Guests are not allowed at the inpatient geriatric behavioral health unit in OU Health Edmond Medical Center.
Waiting rooms and cafeterias are monitored, and appropriate physical distancing measures will be observed. Hospital guests are discouraged from coming and going throughout the day. If guests leave the hospital, they should discuss a planned return with department leadership.