As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Penn State Health has revised its patient visitation guidelines.
Under the revised policy, adult inpatients may have one family/support person with them during their entire stay, and pediatric patients may have two. The designated family/support persons will be the only ones allowed into Penn State Health facilities throughout a patient’s stay.
Adult patients of emergency departments and outpatient clinics will not be permitted any family/support persons.
Exceptions to the policy for inpatients and adult patients of emergency departments and outpatient clinics will be made for end-of-life patients and adult patients who have disabilities, communication barriers or behavioral concerns.
Penn State Health will continue to screen all family/support persons who wish to enter any facility; no one with COVID-19 symptoms will be permitted to enter.
Everyone entering the facilities will also be required to wear a mask and maintain appropriate social distancing guidelines.
Penn State Health offers free virtual screenings for COVID-19 through its telehealth service, Penn State Health OnDemand. Anyone with concerns that they may have COVID-19 may use the service to talk directly with a provider who can evaluate their symptoms and make care recommendations.
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