Updated Visitiation Policy in Response to COVID-19
The University of Vermont Medical Center is temporarily suspending visitation, restricting entrances, and screening everyone who enters hospital facilities and clinics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a commitment to the care and safety of our patients and our staff, visitation is being restricted as of 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The change comes as our workforce continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following protocols focused on stopping the spread of the disease, as outlined below.
Until further notice, no visitors will be allowed, with limited exceptions to individuals who are screened, including:
- One support person on Labor and Delivery.
- One parent or support person for pediatric patients.
- One visitor/support person escorting a patient undergoing same-day surgery or ambulatory care.
- One consistent support person may be permitted in other rare circumstances such as for a patient with a cognitive impairment or disability who requires assistance to access care.
- Visitation for patients in end of life care will be managed by their care team.
- Visitors are not permitted to accompany patients to outpatient visits unless the patient requires support and assistance to access their appointment.
- Pediatric patients may have one parent or support person for outpatient visits if they are properly screened.
What To Expect
Family members and loved ones play a key role in supporting and comforting those who are in our care. However, until further notice, entrances to all UVM Medical Center buildings and clinics will be restricted. Everyone entering must be screened with a series of questions and clean their hands. Anyone with symptoms compatible to COVID-19, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, or identified “at risk” will not be allowed to visit.
All visitors to UVM Medical Center facilities must enter through these designated screening points:
- Main Entrance Level 2, Main Entrance Level 3 or the McClure Lobby on the main campus on Colchester Avenue in Burlington, VT.
- Through a single entry point and screening location at 1 South Prospect and Fanny Allen Campus.
Additionally, only ADA service animals will be permitted. All other animals, including previously approved therapy dogs/support animals, are not allowed.
These temporary changes will be reviewed in the coming weeks to determine when routine operations can resume.
Unless it is an emergency, patients should stay at home and contact their doctor by phone or through MyChart if they have COVID-19 symptoms,: fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. Our providers will work with patients to determine if testing or medical treatment is needed.