NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — You can now visit friends and loved ones in the hospital again.
Due to the steady decline in COVID-19 case numbers in New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health announced Tuesday that, effective immediately, all hospitals in in their system will begin allowing visitors again.
There are some very specific rules in place, however, including that visitors must wash their hands before seeing patients.
All visitors will be given a mask when they walk in the hospital door, if they are not already wearing one. Also, visitors will be asked to stay in patients' rooms as much as possible, and if they are seen roaming the hospital halls they will be asked to leave.
"We recognize the vital role that family members and loved ones have in the healing and well-being of our patients," said John Bonamo, MD, a vice president at RWJBarnabas Health. "With declining numbers in the state we are happy to announce that visitors will be permitted again."
- All visitors must be 18 years of age or older, except in rare exceptions as determined by the hospital.
- Adult Inpatient: One person per patient at a time is permitted between the hours of 12 and 8:00 p.m.
- Pediatric units: Two parents or guardians are permitted at any time where the patient is a minor.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Units: two parents/support persons are permitted at any time.
- Maternity and Labor & Delivery units: One significant other/support person is permitted.
- Emergency Department: One visitor per patient is permitted at any time for adult patients. Two parents or guardians are permitted at any time where the patient is a minor.
- Behavioral Health Adult Units: no visitors permitted until further notice.
- Pediatric Psychiatric Patients: Only one parent/guardian is permitted if/when a mutual agreement between the care team and the parents/guardian has been reached.
- Outpatients may be accompanied by one adult. Visitors may wait for the patient in the hospital or facility’s designated waiting area (subject to physical space availability), while the patient is having his/her procedure.
- All visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks upon entering any of our facilities. If they present with fever or symptoms, they will not be allowed entry into the facility as recommended by the CDC.
All the RWJBarnabas Health visitation guidelines can be found at: https://www.rwjbh.org/patients-visitors/what-you-need-to-know-about-covid-19/general-visitation-guidelines/