MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Visiting hours at Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System is currently 10am to 8pm, announced hospital officials.

Visitors will be required to have temperature checks and complete a symptom screening upon entering the facility, they said. Anyone who fails either screening will be denied entry. Visitors who pass the screening will be allowed to visit non-COVID patients only.

The following rules have been updated by Atlantic Health as of Wednesday, August 26

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  • All visitors arriving from states or countries under a travel advisory that requires a 14-day quarantine upon arrival to New Jersey, will not be permitted to enter an Atlantic Health System facility. 
  • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older except in rare exception as determined by facility.
  • One visitor or support person will be permitted per patient at a time, unless: 
    • The patient is a minor, in which case the pediatric patient may have both parents or guardians, or
    • At the facility’s discretion, a limited number of additional persons is determined to be appropriate
  • All visitors will be required to wear face coverings and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They may wear their own cloth mask, or a mask will be provided. Vented masks may not be worn within the facility. A face mask will be provided for the visitor to wear instead or over the vented mask. Any visitor refusing to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated will be asked to leave the facility.
  • Visitation hours are between 10:00am and 8:00pm
     
  • Pediatric inpatient units and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU):
    • The same two parents, guardians or caregivers who are identified by the family initially will be the only approved visitors. Rare exceptions for unique circumstances will be made only after consultation and approval by the Goryeb Children's Hospital nurse manager or assistant nurse manager.
    • One parent or guardian is permitted to stay overnight (in addition to daytime visiting). A second parent or guardian can also be present from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
    • Caregivers staying overnight must come in by 8:00pm.
    • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room as much as possible.
    • Visitors must remain masked when outside of the patient’s room and when staff enter the room.
       
  • COVID-19 Travel Advisory for Pediatrics
    • If an inpatient minor's parent is within the 14-day quarantine period and there is no option to have a lower-risk parent or guardian be present, then only one parent will be permitted to visit, and that parent must wear a mask whenever staff are present in the room. The parent will be asked to stay in the room for the duration of the hospitalization.
       
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU):
    • During maternal hospitalization, two individuals given visitor wristbands (i.e., parents or caregivers) may visit their newborn infant in the NICU any time of day (24/7).
    • After maternal discharge from the hospital, the two individuals with visitor wristbands may visit separately between 8:00am and 10:00pm for the duration of the newborn hospitalization.
    • Two individuals with visitor wristbands may both come on the day of their infant’s discharge.
    • Exceptions may be made on case-by-case basis (i.e. transports from other hospitals whereby at the initial visit to the NICU both individuals with visitor wristbands will be permitted, parent conferences with the health care team, and day of infant surgery).
  • Maternity
    • One designated support person is allowed with a pregnant patient during labor, delivery, and the entire postpartum hospital stay.
    • The support person can be the patient's spouse, partner, sibling, or another person that they choose.
    • A doula, who is part of the patient’s care team is permitted and does not count as a support person.

 

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