Due to COVID-19, there is limited visitation at our health care facilities. 

View below for specific visitor allowances and exceptions:

Hospitals

Hospitals

Emergency Department

Emergency Department

Outpatient / Ambulatory

Outpatient / Ambulatory

Vaccine Station at East Hospital

Vaccine Station at East Hospital

Virtual Visitation

Read our tips for families working to stay connected with a loved one in the hospital.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is now available on MyChart Bedside tablets for admitted patients to support virtual visitation with their loved ones. Patients can log in using their Facebook account information to video chat with their family and friends while they are in the hospital.

Zoom is now available on the home screen of the MyChart Bedside tablets

When admitted to the hospital, patients and their health care proxy have access to use a MyChart Bedside tablet provided by Wexner Medical Center. With the Bedside tablet, you can order your meals, view medical information, review education materials about your condition, send non-urgent messages to your care team and communicate with family members and loved ones using Zoom.

A MyChart account is not required to use the Bedside tablets or Zoom. You will need to set up a Zoom account and meetings with family and friends if you are able to do so. For patients who are unable to setup a Zoom account, members of the care team can provide assistance.

Visitor Screening

  • All visitors to hospitals and ambulatory facilities will be screened for symptoms
  • Visitors will be asked to leave the facility if they have had symptoms in the past 24 hours or exposures in the last 10 days
  • Visitors with symptoms should not visit the hospital but should seek medical care
  • Visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings 

These building entrances will be temporarily closed to the public:

  • Ohio State Brain and Spine Hospital: south entrance
    • On weekends and holidays the east entrance is also closed. Please use main entrance to University Hospital.
  • James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute: 12th Ave. entrance
  • 12th Ave. Garage bridge access closed (All patients and visitors should proceed to ground entrance for access to University Hospital)
  • University Hospital: 12th Ave. entrance closed to patients and visitors on weekends and holidays 
    • Alternate parking: Patients and visitors please park in the SAFE AUTO Garage and use the main University Hospital entrance

Telehealth Care

We have implemented enhanced safety measures at all our facilities to keep patients safe. However, if you would feel safer, an alternative to visiting our facilities is scheduling your upcoming visit as a telehealth appointment. Even if you don't have a primary care provider, you can utilize telehealth immediate care to see an Ohio State doctor today.

Suppliers / Vendors Accessing Ohio State during COVID-19

Suppliers / Vendors Accessing Ohio State during COVID-19

Only suppliers necessary for patient care or providing approved deliveries may enter the buildings.

Due to the increasing number of COVID-positive patients within the hospitals and increasing numbers in the general population, Ohio State has limited visitation.

Value analysis is allowing supplier representatives into our facilities, only when absolutely necessary.

If a supplier representative is not required for a critical procedure or patient safety-related need, the representative will not be allowed to enter the hospital. For questions, email valueanalysis@osumc.edu

For permitted suppliers dropping off supplies to our medical center facilities, your concurrence and acknowledgement of the statements below are required prior to entry:

More information about COVID-19 for patients and the community

More information about COVID-19 for patients and the community

Additional COVID-19 resources

Additional COVID-19 resources