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

Our primary goal at MUSC Children's 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.

If you believe you need to be tested for COVID-19, please visit a community testing site. Visits to the Emergency Department should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies.

All patients and supportive care persons must wear a mask at MUSC Children’s Health facilities.

Should a patient or supportive care person elect to wear their own mask, it must have two layers of material, fully cover the mouth and nose and fit around the sides of the face. Bandanas with open bottoms, neck-gaiter style face coverings and masks with mesh, holes, or ventilation ports are not considered appropriate.

Patients or supportive care persons determined to be wearing a mask that does not meet MUSC Children’s Health’s standards of protection and isolation must replace it with one provided by MUSC Children’s Health.

Admitted patients may remove their mask while in their own room.

All care team members (MUSC Children’s Health employees) are required to wear MUSC Children’s Health-provided masks in all indoor settings. In outdoor settings, masks are required for those without COVID-19 immunity (meaning neither fully vaccinated nor documented personal history of COVID-19 infection) and optional for those with COVID-19 immunity.

As of February 14, 2022, MUSC Children’s Health is moving from Emergency Operations to Modified Operations due to the sustained decrease in COVID-19 cases.

Updated family presence and visitation policies:

  • Pregnant mothers in labor who are COVID-19 negative or COVID-19 recovered: 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.
  • Pregnant mothers in labor who are COVID-19 positive: One (1) adult support person will be permitted to enter MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion, or be at the mother’s bedside. This one (1) support person must be the same persons for the entirety of the stay.
    Adult outpatient appointments: Patients may bring two (2) support persons of any age to an appointment. Patients and support persons (2 years old+) will be expected to wear masks during their visit. You may bring your baby to your six-week postpartum visit. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
  • Patients under the age of 18 who are COVID-19 negative or COVID-19 positive
    • Patients under 18 years of age may have two parents or caregivers at the bedside at all times.
    • The supportive care persons may stay overnight.
  • Please immediately notify staff if a caregiver starts to feel any symptoms of a cold or flu.

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.