Visiting U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics

Updated May 2022

There is no higher priority at University of Utah Health than giving patients, visitors, providers, staff, and students a safe place to work, learn, visit, and be treated.

With Utah currently experiencing fewer COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, the Visiting Policy at U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics has been updated. These adjustments are based on careful thought from our infectious disease experts and in close partnership with health experts at the state, county, and city levels. U of U Health will continually review the latest COVID-19 information and trends, and may make changes to keep our communities safe and preserve the best interest of our patients.

At this time, the following Visiting Policy is in place at U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics, and Huntsman Cancer Hospital. (Guidelines in individual units or clinics are determined by that area's clinical care team and may be subject to change.)

INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

Revised Visiting Policy In Effect

GENERAL GUIDELINES

OUTPATIENT FACILITIES AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

  • No visitor restrictions

HOSPITALS AND INPATIENT AREAS

  • Visiting hours are 5:00am – 10:00pm daily
  • Patients can have up to 4 visitors at a time ages 5 and older
  • An overnight visitor can be requested (requests will be considered on an individual basis following consultation with the patient’s clinical care team)

EXCEPTIONS

Emergency Department

  • Patients may have up to 2 visitors at a time

Huntsman Cancer Hospital

  • Patients in outpatient or infusion areas can have up to 2 visitors at a time ages 14 and older

Huntsman Mental Health Institute — formerly the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI):

  • Adult Services: One in-person visit with one visitor (18+ years old) per day
  • Youth Services: One in-person visit with two parents/guardians (18+ years old) per day

Visits must be coordinated through the Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) in order to facilitate cleaning between visits and equitable visitor access. Each visit is limited to 30 minutes.

University Orthopaedic Center (UOC)

  • Patients in inpatient units or having surgical procedures may have 2 visitors at a time.

University of Utah Hospital — Childbirth & Newborns:

Inpatient Setting:

  • Labor & delivery patients may have 2 healthy individuals ages 12 and older with them during the entire labor and delivery. These visitors may switch out every 24 hours.
  • Antepartum/Postpartum patients can have 2 healthy individuals ages 12 and older with them during the entire antepartum/postpartum stay. Two additional healthy individuals may be present during inpatient visiting hours of 5:00am – 10:00pm and can switch out every 24 hours.
  • Newborn patients can have 4 healthy individuals ages 12 and older (consisting of the baby's mother and 3 additional individuals). These individuals must stay the same during the entire stay. Each newborn may only have 2 visitors at the bedside at a time.

Face Masks Are Required

For your safety, everyone entering our hospitals and clinics must wear an approved face mask. This includes patients, visitors, staff, and students.

  • Approved: a well-secured paper or cloth mask that covers the nose, mouth, and stoma (if applicable).
  • NOT approved: face covering that includes: exhalation vents, bandanas, neck gaiters, and mesh-based masks (i.e. tulle masks) are not permitted.

If you do not have a face covering or mask, one will be provided for you. If you refuse to wear a face mask for the protection of you and others, entry will not be allowed. Our need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is high.

General Reminders and Expectations

  • Before coming to any U of U Health facility for possible symptoms, utilize U of U Health’s Virtual Urgent Care service or contact the U of U Health Care Navigation team at 801-587-0712 or Toll-Free: 844-745-9325.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Wear a face covering or mask.
  • Observe 6-foot physical distancing guidelines.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands frequently.

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