No Visitor Guidelines at Denver Health During COVID 19 Pandemic

May 28, 2020

Visitor guidelines & screening at Denver Health

Denver Health is clarifying its guidelines for having NO VISITORS for patients at all Denver Health care facilities with limited exceptions. These guidelines support continued efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Areas Where No Visitors are Allowed at Denver Health During COVID-19

Denver Health's no visitor guideline remains in effect in most areas of Denver Health. No visitors will be allowed in the following departments with limited exceptions*:

  • Adult Critical Care 
  • Acute Care 
  • Behavioral Health/Psych 
  • Emergency 
  • All clinics located in the hospital, including Adult, Pediatric and Women's Care Clinics
  • All nine Family Health Centers
  • Lab
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • All five Urgent Care locations
  • Outpatient surgery/procedure

One Visitor Allowed at Denver Health

One visitor will be allowed when the visitor is defined as a partner or family member in the following departments*:

  • Labor and Delivery
  • OB Screening

Visitor Guidelines for Minor Patients

Two visitors will be allowed for minor patients (patients under 21), when the visitor is defined as a parent or legal guardian, in the following departments*:

  • Adolescent Psych
  • Pediatric Critical Care Units (NICU and PICU)
  • Pediatric Patients in Adult Critical Care Units (SICU)
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Outpatient surgery/procedure

One visitor will be allowed for minor patients, when the visitor is defined as a parent or legal guardian, in the following departments*:

  • Pediatric Clinic
  • Women's Care Clinic
  • Lab
  • Radiology
  • All nine Family Health Centers
  • All five Urgent Care locations

Limited Exceptions to No Visitor Guidelines

*Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, with special consideration taken in situations of end-of-life and miscarriages.

Other circumstances that have unique visitor guidelines include the following:

  • Visitors under the age of 15 are not allowed unless they fall under one of the above definitions, or if they are with a single parent who has another minor child who is a patient.
  • Mothers can bring infants to post-partum appointments (but no other children). 
  • Patients with cognitive, physical or mental disabilities who require help with the provision of medical care or activities of daily living, speaking for the patient or keeping the patient safe may have one assistance person as a designated visitor. 
  • People who must exercise power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for a patient are also allowed to visit.
  • Any visitor performing official government functions will be given an exception to visit

 

Additional exceptions may be made only if the patient's provider deems it appropriate. 

COVID-19 Safety Requirements for Visitors

All approved visitors will be required to wear cloth or non-medical masks at all times, practice physical distancing of at least six feet and wash their hands for at least 20 seconds upon entering and leaving the patient's room.

Those who are allowed to visit will be given a special bracelet to wear, which cannot be shared with or swapped out with others (no bracelets for adolescent psych visitors).

For additional updates on how Denver Health is protecting against the spread of novel coronavirus, visit DenverHealth.org/Coronavirus.