March 19, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will no longer allow visitors inside any of its seven hospitals. This is to ensure the health and safety of our patients, their families and our staff. These restrictions begin Friday, March 20. 
 
There are three exceptions to this hospital policy:
  • “End of life” situations (case by case)
  • Maternity (1 support person and 1 professional doula permitted)
  • Patients under age 18 (2 visitors limited to parents or guardians)
Patients who are having inpatient surgery will be allowed to have one visitor on the day of surgery and on the day after surgery.
 
All outpatient locations may still have one visitor per patient during their appointment or procedure.
 
Visitors will be screened at entry and asked to leave the facility if they’ve had symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) in the last 24 hours or exposures in the last 14 days. All visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, when entering and leaving rooms in our facilities.
 
We appreciate our visitors’ understanding and cooperation as we work to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and their families.
 
Please continue to monitor our website for updates: wexnermedical.osu.edu.
 
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Media Contact: Marti Leitch, 614-293-3737 or Marti.Leitch@osumc.edu

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