UW Health Revises Visitor Guidelines for Adult Patients at Hospitals and Clinics

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Madison, Wisconsin - With the expansion of non-essential surgeries, procedures, and outpatient clinic visits, UW Health is relaxing some of the visitor guidelines that were implemented in March.


Beginning May 5th, one visitor (age 18 or older) per adult patient will be allowed at University Hospital, UW Health at The American Center, and UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and one visitor (age 12 and older) will be allowed to accompany adult patients to their outpatient clinic appointments. Please note, there are currently no changes to the visitor guidelines for pediatric patients at American Family Children’s Hospital.


All visitors must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • One visitor per inpatient will be permitted every 24-hour period (Exception: up to three visitors may be permitted for patients who are at end-of-life)
  • Visitors are always required to wear a face covering.
  • Visitors must respect social distancing.
  • Visitors are required to obtain and consume any food or drink outside our facilities to ensure compliance with the use of face coverings.
  • Visitors with acute respiratory symptoms will not be permitted.
  • Visitors who have had a diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 10 days will not be permitted.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients being treated for COVID-19.
  • Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight
  • Visitors are not allowed to congregate in the gathering areas, such as the outdoor patios or rooftop gardens

To help protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and care providers, it is important that everybody follow hospital rules and regulations and comply with specific requests from the care team and staff.

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Date Published: 05/04/2020

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