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OU Medicine Updates Visitation Policy as Response to COVID-19

OU Medicine Visitation Policy as Response to COVID-19 

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, OU Medicine and its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, have updated their visitation policies.

NO VISITORS are allowed for adult patients receiving care.
NO VISITORS are allowed for patients with COVID-19, unless the patient is a minor.
ONE VISITOR is allowed for children and labor and delivery patients. 

For information on how to stay connected with patients in the hospital, visit our Keeping Connected page. 

OU Medicine & OUHSC Visitor Guidelines for Adult Care

  • No visitors will be allowed at OU Medical CenterOU Medical Center EdmondStephenson Cancer Center, OU Physicians clinics in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and OU Health Sciences Center clinical facilities in the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, College of Allied Health.

The Children’s Hospital & OU Children’s Physicians Visitor Guidelines for Pediatric Care:

  • The Children’s Hospital is limiting the number of visitors for all patients to only one visitor, including labor and delivery patients. The approved visitor will be the only individual allowed in the patient room, waiting areas and lobbies for the duration of a patient’s stay.
  • OU Children’s Physicians clinics are limiting the number of individuals who may accompany a patient to an appointment, including to the waiting area, to one visitor per patient.

Visitor Information

  • All visitors to any and all OU Medicine entities must be over the age of 18. This includes siblings of patients.
  • For patients who have confirmed COVID-19, no visitors will be allowed in the room unless the patient is a minor.
  • For patients on palliative and hospice care, and for trauma patients, the physician will work with the family on a case-by-case basis regarding visitation.
  • OU Medicine requests that visitors who may be sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms not visit the hospital unless they are seeking medical treatment.
  • Large groups of visitors gathering in waiting rooms, lobbies and other public areas in OU Medicine facilities is discouraged.

Visitor Screening

  • All visitors to OU Medicine hospitals and OU Children's Physicians must check in upon arrival to the individual facility. Specific entrances will be designated for patients and visitors to enter.
  • Screening policies and procedures will be updated frequently and modified as needed by care setting.
  • OU Medicine hospitals and OU Children’s Physicians will begin checking-in visitors upon arrival to the individual facility. Specific entrances have been designated for patients and visitors to enter.

Check-in entails the following questions:

  1. Have you traveled outside Oklahoma to a state or country with a high incidence of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  2. Have you had any of the following symptoms during the past 24 hours?
    • Fever ≥ 100° F
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Body Aches
  3. Have you been exposed to someone who is ill and traveled within the last 14 days?
  4. Have you had a known exposure to a person with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

These screening policies and procedures are subject to change as new information evolves.