Family and Visitor Guidelines

Updated November 12, 2020 

We continue to refine our family and visitor guidelines for the well-being of our patients, their loved ones and our staff.  As of November 3, 2020, we have updated our guidelines for adult patients to allow longer stays yet limit the number of interactions per day, protecting both patients and staff. Please Note: Wearing masks is required at all times, including inside patient rooms.

For patients who are not COVID-19-positive or suspected to have COVID-19:

Adult

  • Only one healthy adult family member or visitor per day may accompany/visit adult patients who are hospitalized, undergoing same-day procedures or surgeries, or being seen in an ED or outpatient clinic. For hospitalized patients, the one visitor per day may stay as long as they wish during the hours of 6 am – 8 pm. Switching between family members/visitors is not permitted. Overnight stays with adult patients are not permitted.
  • For hospitalized patients, one visitor per day may stay as long as they wish during the hours of 6 am – 8 pm. Switching between family members/visitors is not permitted. Overnight stays with adult patients are not permitted. 

Adult ED

  • To maintain social distancing, no family members/visitors are allowed in ED waiting rooms, unless the patient meets special visitation situations outlined below.
  • Only one healthy, adult visitor is allowed for non-PUI patients in the ED treatment space, 24/7.
  • Once patients are admitted from the ED, guidelines for hospitalized patients are in effect.

Pediatric

  • Two healthy parents or legal guardians may accompany pediatric patients at all times. This includes pediatric patients who are hospitalized, undergoing same-day procedures or surgeries, or visiting the Brenner Children’s ED or outpatient clinics.

Expectant Mothers

  • One support person may remain with an expectant mother throughout her stay. This includes The Birth Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and other labor and delivery units in our health system.

Restrictions remain in place for adult COVID-19-positive patients and those who are suspected of having COVID-19. No visitors are permitted, except at end of life.

Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. If you have questions, please contact your care team.