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Last Updated: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Family and Caregiver Visitation Policy

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Children’s National is taking extra steps to protect our patients, families and staff, including updating our visitation policy. We are screening patients and parents/caregivers for the following COVID-19 symptoms at our Welcome Desks and check-in areas at all locations: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and/or respiratory symptoms.

Outpatient Appointments

  • All families must identify one parent/caregiver to accompany the child for their appointment. A caregiver must be an adult over the age of 18.
  • Siblings under 18 cannot enter at this time.
  • Parents/caregivers with symptoms will be given a mask and asked to follow extra precautions for their appointment.

Inpatient Stays

  • All families can identify two parents/caregivers for their child’s inpatient visitation list. A caregiver must be an adult over the age of 18.
  • Only one of those caregivers can be at the bedside at a time.
  • Siblings under 18 cannot enter at this time.
  • Parents/caregivers with symptoms will not be able to enter the inpatient area.

The decision to restrict our visitation policy was difficult, and we thank you for helping us keep our patients, staff and community safe.

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Guidance for Visiting the Emergency Department Regarding Coronavirus

Children’s National Hospital has implemented strategies to limit the spread of coronavirus in our community. As a precaution to protect our patients, families and staff, we are following the recommendations from the CDC.

If your child has developed a fever, cough or flu-like symptoms, or has been within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should contact your child’s primary care provider. If you feel that your child is having a medical emergency, please come to the Emergency Department. They will then work with your local or state health departments to determine the appropriate next steps for your child’s care.

Please only visit the Emergency Department if you are experiencing a major or life-threatening issue. This will help limit the potential spread of the virus in our community, and will help ensure that our Emergency Department is able to care for patients with the most critical needs first.

Based on recommendations from public health authorities, we are not providing testing based solely on the request of a child’s primary caregiver. We will work closely with the Department of Health to determine if testing is required based on a patient’s symptoms and risk of exposure.

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Children's National Hospital and its affiliates do not restrict or deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.