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Visitor Restrictions

Across the UVM Health Network, we are restricting visitation in our facilities so that we can focus on protecting our patients and our workforce amid the rapidly changing scenario around COVID-19. Below, you can find current visitation detail for each of our health care affiliates.

The University of Vermont Medical Center

Beginning June 24, the University of Vermont Medical Center welcomes inpatient visitors back to the hospital. The hospital’s updated visitation policy is based on the Vermont Department of Health guidelines and includes screening of visitors, mask requirements and allowance for one family member or support person per patient admitted to the hospital or visiting for a procedure. Please read more about our updated hospital visitation policy


Central Vermont Medical Center

To enhance the safety of patients and staff, Central Vermont Medical Center is closed to visitors. Certain exceptions apply.

For All: 

  • No visitors are permitted at this time until further notice with very limited exceptions.
  • Entrances into all Central Vermont Medical Center buildings and clinics will be restricted. Everyone will be screened for nature of the visit, symptoms, and exposure risk. Temperature will be checked upon entering any CVMC facility. Those not meeting the screening requirements will not be allowed to enter. 
  • ADA service animals are permitted. All others animals, including previously approved therapy dogs/ support animals, are not allowed at this time.

Limited Exceptions:

Inpatient
  • Patients in end of life care
  • Labor and Delivery: One designated support person who remains with the patient on the unit. They are not permitted to go out into the community and come back to the unit. Hospital contracted doulas are permitted as an additional support person. 
  • Pediatrics: One designated parent or support person, but when necessary a second support person can be identified as an alternate.
  • ED: One designated support person.
  • Woodridge: The Administrator, in collaboration with infectious disease, will review other exceptions
  • For more details about these limited exceptions, please read here.   

Outpatient 
  • Surgery: One designated support person escorting a patient undergoing surgery or procedure. 
  • Outpatient Clinics and Services: If the patient requires assistance, one screened designated support person will be allowed.
  • One consistent support person may be permitted in other rare circumstances such as for a patient with a cognitive impairment or disability. Other support should be provided via phone or other technology.  
  • For more details about these limited exceptions, please read here.   

Porter Medical Center

All patients and visitors will now enter through the Emergency Department and be screened in the Emergency Department vestibule.

A traffic control station will be at the main entrance to guide people on where to park and how to enter our facilities.

Specific guidelines by clinic area:

  • Emergency Department: One visitor per patient. No visitor rotation with exception to end-of-life.
  • Medical/Surgical Unit: No visitors for general patients. Visitors allowed for patients at end-of-life.
  • Birthing Center: One visitor per patient. No visitor rotation.
  • Surgical Services: No visitors. Any outpatient procedures requiring rides home will be coordinated by Surgical Services. Visitors providing transportation to patients will not be allowed in the building.
  • Cardiology: One visitor/support person per visit.
  • Express Care: Express Care patients will enter via the Emergency Department entrance to be screened and directed to the Express Care clinic. One visitor. No rotation.
  • Porter Medical Group Sites: One visitor/support person per visit.
  • Infusion Center: No visitors.
  • Helen Porter: No visitors. Limited visitation may be granted in certain end-of-life situations.

For the latest Porter Medical Center information, please read more here.


Alice Hyde Medical Center

Beginning June 22, Alice Hyde welcomes inpatient visitors back to the hospital. The hospital’s updated visitation policy is based on New York State Department of Health guidelines and includes screening of visitors, mask requirements and facility visiting hours that are limited to 4 hours per day, noon – 2 pm and 5 – 7pm, seven days a week. Only one visitor per patient is permitted in the facility. Please read more about our updated hospital visitation policy.


Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

Beginning June 22, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital welcomes inpatient visitors back to the hospital. The hospital’s updated visitation policy is based on New York State Department of Health guidelines and includes screening of visitors, mask requirements and facility visiting hours that are limited to 4 hours a day, 11 am – 1 pm and 4 – 6 pm, seven days a week. Only one visitor per patient is permitted in the facility. Please read more about our updated hospital visitation policy.


Elizabethtown Community Hospital

Beginning June 19, Elizabethtown Community Hospital welcomes inpatient visitors back to the hospital. The hospital’s updated visitation policy is based on New York State Department of Health guidelines and includes screening of visitors, mask requirements and facility visiting hours that are limited to 4 hours a day, 11 am – 1 pm and 3 – 5 pm, seven days a week. Only one visitor per patient is permitted in the facility. Please read more about our updated hospital visitation policy.


McClure Miller Respite HOUSE 

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 precautions, and with the utmost concern for the continued safety of our residents, families and staff, McClure Miller Respite House visitor restrictions are expanding to permit six (6) guests per resident, effective July 1. Please note this policy may be amended based on community spread or state/federal recommendations. Please visit the McClure Miller Respite House site for more details.