Important Information About Visitation Guidelines

at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Effective April 1, 2024

The safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our number one priority. Please be aware of the following guidelines before visiting one of our hospitals or health care facilities.

Unless noted, two (2) visitors at a time are permitted for all units between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. All visitors must be 18 years of age or older, except for siblings in Pediatrics/Post-partum/PICU. Guests should not visit if they are sick.

  • Labor and Delivery: Two (2) designated visitors which includes one birth partner; in addition to the birth partner, a doula (entire admission) or other designated individual is also permitted.
  • Post-partum/Mother-Baby: Two (2) visitors at a time, in addition to the birth partner. Siblings are permitted during visiting hours. Maximum of four people in the room, including two parents.
  • Pediatrics/PICU: Two (2) parents or guardians allowed anytime; siblings are permitted during visiting hours. Maximum of four visitors in the room, including two parents.
  • NICU: Two (2) parents or guardians allowed anytime; Siblings 4 years or older are permitted during visiting hours. Maximum of four designated people.
  • CTICU: Visiting by appointment between the hours of 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
  • Surgery/Procedures: Two (2) visitors are allowed until the patient is taken to the pre-op area. Two visitors are allowed when patient is in recovery and preparing for discharge.
  • COVID-19 Positive Inpatients: The visitors must stop at the nurse’s station for instruction about Personal Protective Equipment prior to entering the patient's room.

We will accommodate all visitation in compliance with Department of Health and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Extenuating circumstances to the temporary guidelines and individual requests will always be considered based on the best interest and needs of the individual patient.

Visitation Guidelines

Please defer your visit to another day:

1. If you have a fever or have felt feverish in the last 24 hours or are experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms. Possible symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

2. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (or another contagious respiratory illness, such as influenza or RSV) within the last 10 days.

3. If you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection (or another contagious respiratory illness) in the last 10 days and cannot wear a mask — even if you are asymptomatic.

When visiting our facility, all visitors are expected to adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • Clean your hands before and after your visit.
  • Be aware of maintaining physical distancing.

Effective April 1, 2024, masking is optional for staff, providers, patients, visitors, volunteers and vendors.

Please note:

  • Masking may still be required for certain patients on standard infection prevention protocols, and/or on units responsible for the care of vulnerable patients at the determination of each site.
  • Masks continue to be available to staff, providers, patients, visitors, volunteers and vendors in our facilities.
  • Masking is requested of all patients who present with respiratory symptoms, if tolerated, as well as all staff members and providers caring for them.
  • Should a patient request their caregivers wear a mask, staff and providers are expected to comply.

Thank you for your cooperation and your efforts to help keep our patients, staff and communities safe!

RWJBH Find Your Way – our user-friendly mobile app – helps you navigate arrival, recommends the best place to park based on the area you are visiting, and gives you turn-by-turn directions once inside.

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