Important Information About Visitation Guidelines

at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey

Woman wearing a mask having her temperature taken while visiting the hospital

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) visitation guidelines reflect our commitment to our patients and their support persons.

We continue to take every precaution to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health departments and agencies such as the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA).

NJHA and its members have partnered to create a visitation code system to help us protect our patients and their caregivers.

As of September 21, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is currently observing NJHA Level Yellow Visitation Guidance

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Yellow Level

No Visitation for COVID-19 Positive Patients

Visiting Guidelines for All Others

  • Emergency Department
    Up to one visitor permitted for duration
  • Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery
    • One visitor at a time for duration of birth parent's stay
    • One doula, must be the same doula, for duration of birth parent’s stay
  • Surgery/Procedure Patients
    • Provided social distancing can be accomplished, one visitor until patient is taken into prep
    • One visitor when patient is in recovery and preparing for discharge
  • Adult Inpatient
    • One visitor at a time
    • Visitors may change but cannot overlap
  • Pediatrics
    • Two parents or guardians may visit at the same time
    • Siblings may be permitted for end of life
  • Immunocompromised
    • No visitors
      • Exception: One parent or one guardian of pediatric patients for the duration of stay
      • Exception: Exceptions may apply to pediatrics, labor and delivery, end of life, and patients with intellectual, developmental or cognitive impairment including dementia, communication barriers or behavioral concerns.
      • Exception: end of life care
  • Psychiatrics
    • One visitor may be permitted -- must be the same person for duration
    • Permission to visit is granted at discretion of care team, including time and duration of visit
    • Permission to visit must be approved by care team in advance of visit
  • End of Life
    • Up to two visitors may visit at the same time
    • Visitors may switch throughout the day

Safety Measures: Symptom Screening

All visitors will be screened for the following and may or may not be allowed to visit or stay based on:

  • Symptom Screening
    All visitors will be asked about symptoms and if they’ve had a fever in the last 24 hours upon entering any of our facilities. If they present with cold or flu-like symptoms they will not be allowed entry into the facility as recommended by the CDC.
  • COVID-19 Exposure
    If any visitor has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days or has been advised to self-quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, they will not be allowed to visit.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All visitors will be required to wear a face mask. They may wear their own face mask/covering upon arrival to and throughout their stay in the facility, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If they do not have their own face mask/covering they will be provided one.

At the time of entrance, all visitors will be provided instruction on how to wear face masks. An instruction sheet is posted throughout our facilities.

If an individual is permitted to visit a COVID-19-positive patient because of extenuating circumstances or if a patient is on isolation precautions, they will be provided with and must wear appropriate PPE as recommended by the CDC. Staff will direct the visitor on the appropriate PPE.

If a visitor refuses to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated, that individual will be asked to leave the facility.

* Face masks with valves will not be permitted as the valves allow unfiltered air to be released. This does not protect others from bacteria spread, per the CDC.

Prior to and During the Visit

All visitors must perform hand hygiene before visiting a patient.

  • Once in the hospital or facility, visitors shall remain in the patient’s room (or Emergency Department bay) as much as possible throughout the visit, except when directed by hospital or facility staff to leave during aerosol-generating procedure or other procedures in which visitors are usually asked to leave.
  • If an aerosol-generating procedure needs to be performed on a patient, the visitor must leave the room during the procedure and for one hour after the procedure is complete.
  • All visitors must comply with all reasonable requirements imposed by the hospital or facility to minimize the potential spread of infection.
  • Gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeterias or restaurants on campus is not permitted.

RWJBH understands that a hospitalization can be a stressful and uncertain time for many. The visitation policy reflects our commitment to addressing the needs of our patients while prioritizing the safety of all those who enter our facilities.

Our staff and physicians are here to support you and your loved ones and will take into consideration any requests that are made beyond the parameters of this policy in the best interest of the patient.

With guidance from the New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and regional and local health departments, we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our patients, our staff and the communities we serve.

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We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

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