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U of U Health revises visitor policies

Posted: 5:23 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 19:34:26-04
U of U Farmington Health Center

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah Health announced new policies to protect its patients, visitors, providers and staff from the potential spread of COVID-19 Wednesday.

The policies will take effect Thursday at U of U Health's hospitals, clinics and community health centers. Those facilities will not admit entrance to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or anyone suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

The healthcare provider announced the following visitor restrictions:

NO VISITORS WILL BE ALLOWED in U of U Health inpatient, outpatient and ancillary facilities (i.e. family, companion, partner, support person, guardian, caregiver) except under the following circumstances:

End of Life Treatment or Care:

• Two visitors only at a time.

• Visitors will have a one-hour time limit, with the exception of 1 partner/support person can remain for the duration of the individual passing.

Child Birth:

• Obstetric patients may have one partner accompany them.

• For the duration of birth admission, well newborns may have both parents present.

One Visitor Will Be Allowed Under the Following Circumstances:

• Patients with disruptive behavior, in which a family member is key to their care.

• Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety/information).

• All patients who are minors (under age 18) may have one visitor, parent, or guardian per day (no changing people).

U of U Health will regularly review and update our visitor policy as needed, which may include the addition of more restrictive guidelines. We appreciate your patience and understanding.