Visitor precautions due to COVID-19 outbreak

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we're allowing limited visitation at Wexner Medical Center facilities, with some exceptions.

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Standard visitation policy after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted:

Visitation is generally 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in most hospital units. However, to promote healing, some patients may have limited visitation and some hospital areas, such as intensive care units, may limit visitation times. Please check with the patient or the care unit before traveling to Ohio State for a visit. For the comfort of our patients, only two visitors are permitted at any one time. All visitors must be free of illness. 

During your visit

Staying overnight

Please check with the staff in the patient care unit to confirm the overnight policy for that area. Overnight visitors must be at least 18 years of age and must wear an identification badge at all times. Please visit an information desk for a badge. From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., patients are limited to one visitor at the discretion of the care team. 

Respect for other patients

Studies show that a quiet environment can help patients heal faster. When you are visiting, please observe the visiting policy and maintain respectful noise levels throughout the hospital. Please be respectful of roommates and patients in nearby rooms by keeping noise to a minimum. 

Children who visit

Please check with staff before bringing children for a hospital visit. In general, children under the age of 12 are able to visit when accompanied and properly supervised by a non-patient adult at all times. The child is considered one of the two patient visitors. Children may visit patients in the intensive care units, but check with ICU staff before planning your visit. 


If you have questions or concerns, you can contact Patient Experience weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also refer to our Quick Telephone Guide, which lists frequently called numbers.

Information about hotels and nearby areas

If you need overnight accommodations, please see our Hotel Accommodations information sheet. You can also find out more about Columbus and Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center in the About Us section of this website.

Tobacco-free policy

Help us provide a healthy environment for our patients, visitors and employees by adhering to our tobacco-free policy. Smoking, or the use of other tobacco products, is prohibited at all medical center locations, including inside of buildings, outside of buildings, in parking areas and in green spaces. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors. For more information about our policy, FAQs and resources to help you quit, visit

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