COVID-19 Visitation Guidelines

COVID-19 Children’s and Women’s Health Visitation Guidelines for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital & Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion & Ambulatory facilities

Last Updated: 6/6/2020 4:30 p.m.

Our primary goal at MUSC Health is the safety of our patients, families, and care team members. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and making changes hourly to respond to the challenges and uncertainty resulting from this situation.

We are following CDC guidelines and learning from other Children’s and Women’s Hospitals around the country. Therefore, in addition to the screening and hand hygiene protocols currently in place, we are now limiting family presence and visitation for your safety and the safety of your child or unborn baby.

This will mean:

  • Family members and patients will wear masks while in the hospital any time they are in public spaces and when a care team member is in their room, when able.

  • Pregnant mothers in labor: For the safety of our patients and care team members, we have COVID-19 restrictions in place. Two (2) adult support persons will be permitted to enter MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion, or be at the mother’s bedside. These two (2) support persons must be the same persons for the entirety of the stay. All patients, support persons and care team members will be required to wear masks. No children under age 18 are allowed at this time. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

    Adult outpatient appointments: For the safety of our patients and care team members, we have COVID-19 appointment restrictions in place. Patients may bring only one adult support person to an appointment. Patients and adult support persons will be expected to wear a mask during their visit. Patients should not bring children under age 18 to an appointment. We ask that you make child care arrangements prior to your visit. You may bring your baby to your six-week postpartum visit. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

  • Please immediately notify staff if a caregiver starts to feel any symptoms of a cold or flu.

For the safety of our care team, family members/caregivers who have symptoms of COVID or have tested positive for COVID, will not be able to remain in the hospital with the patient, even if the patient has COVID. They will be asked to find someone else who does not have COVID symptoms to stay with the patient.

We realize these guidelines place additional stress on you and your family. Most rooms have special, highly-secured cameras that allow family and friends to visit using their internet-connected computer or smart phone! So, you can stay connected AND safe from infections that could be spread from person to person.

Any special concerns and questions can be routed through your care team members to the hospital supervisor. Please let us know what we can do to help you navigate this experience while receiving care at our hospital.

Reviewed by, and in collaboration with, the MUSC Patient and Family Advisory Council.