COVID-19 Visitor Policy Updates
The health and safety of our patients, families and staff are our top priority. We continue to evaluate our visitor policy in order to allow people to safely visit their loved one while receiving care.
All visitors must pass a health screening and temperature check upon arrival. Visitors to any Cedars-Sinai facility are also required to wear masks at all times, maintain physical distancing, practice hand hygiene and stay in the patient’s room while visiting.
All visitors are required to remain masked at all times when on Cedars-Sinai property, even when in a patient's room. In an effort to enforce this critical pandemic precaution, visitors are not allowed to eat or drink indoors at any time, including in lobbies, public areas or inpatient rooms. Exceptions will be made in the following inpatient areas: Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum, NICU and Pediatrics.
Effective immediately and until further notice, we are restricting outside food delivery to our patients.
If you have a family member or loved one currently receiving inpatient care at a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center facility, we encourage you to use electronic communications, such as FaceTime and Skype, as often as possible. Our staff members are always available to help coordinate these virtual visits.
Do not visit a patient if you have:
- A fever above 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, runny nose or sneezing, chills, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, diarrhea or new loss of taste or smell
- Been exposed to COVID-19
Due to the state of the pandemic, Cedars-Sinai has made changes to our in-person visitation policy to ensure the health and safety of all patients, staff and visitors.
Our non-COVID-19 inpatient visitation is as follows:
- Intensive Care Units: No visitors allowed at this time
- Medical and Surgical Units: No visitors allowed at this time
- Labor and Delivery: Patients in Labor and Delivery will be only allowed one unique visitor 24 hours/day through the postpartum stay. This can be a labor support person/doula or a designated visitor, but not both.
- Pediatrics: One pair of parents/guardians, 24 hours/day
- NICU: One pair of parents/guardians, 24 hours/day
- End-of-life Patients Who Are Not COVID-19 Positive or Suspected: Up to two unique visitors per day, 24 hours/day
Visitors are not allowed for patients with confirmed, moderate or high suspicion of having COVID-19, unless a clinical team has determined the patient is considered end of life. In that case, patients will be allowed one visitor per day for two hours.
- Pediatric Surgery: Two visitors allowed for all inpatient and outpatient pediatric surgery patients under 18, pre- and post-surgery. Please note: If a pediatric patient is admitted to the hospital following surgery, visitor guidelines will then default to the above inpatient visitor policy.
- Patients who have developmental or cognitive impairments may designate two support people, with one visitor present at a time.
- Patients may designate the same or a different visitor(s) each day.
- The charge nurse will determine and approve any exceptions.
- If an end-of-life patient is a parent or legal guardian to a child under the age of 16 AND the child meets current health standards, the child may visit if accompanied by an adult.
- End of life is a clinical judgment determined by an attending physician, based on the following:
- Estimated prognosis of death within hours to days
- The patient has a condition in which medical interventions would, according to the judgment of the attending physician, only prolong the dying process that the attending physician determines is already irreversibly underway
- Emergency Room: One visitor 24 hours per day.
- Infusion Areas: One visitor during clinic hours. Visitor accommodations are based on ability to maintain appropriate physical distancing. Please check with the clinic prior to your appointment.
- Same-day Surgery: One visitor before, during and after surgery.
- Imaging: One visitor is allowed for patients under the age of 18 or for patients who need physical assistance.
- Doctor Appointments and Urgent Care Centers: One visitor is allowed for the following:
- Patients under the age of 18
- Patients with physical, developmental or cognitive impairments, memory loss or confusion
- Patients with a visit involving any new diagnosis or complex medical condition requiring discussion, or a visit involving a procedure when able to be accommodated
Visitors are not allowed for patients with or suspected of having COVID-19 at any of our outpatient locations.