UVM Medical Center Welcoming Policy – COVID-19: Effective Monday, August 15

We know how vital families and support people are to our patients while they are healing. As the situation with COVID-19 in our community continues to change, we will need to adapt our policy to protect our patients, staff and community. We strongly encourage vaccination among all visitors entering our facilities in order to protect our vulnerable patient populations. 

COVID-19 Expectations:

  • Masks must be worn at all times when in our building by everyone over 2, this includes visitors who are sleeping while staying overnight.
  • Visitors entering our facilities must be free of all COVID-19 symptoms and must not have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Caregivers of pediatric patients requiring inpatient, urgent, or emergency care and the support people of laboring patients are not held to these expectations.
  • Visitors of COVID-19 positive and PUI patients:
    • 2 consistent visitors throughout the hospital stay.
    • Visitors may not stay overnight.
    • Visitors are expected to wear a proper fitting disposable mask, disposable gown and eye protection which can be obtained at the nurses station.
    • Visitors are expected to stay in the patient room for the entirety of the visit and not enter any cafeterias or waiting rooms.
    • Visitors assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 when visiting a COVID-19 positive patient. We highly encourage vaccination as the best way to reduce risk of severe disease.

 Visitors of COVID-19 positive patients should review this Partnering Agreement before visiting. 

Inpatient: Adult

2 support people

1 support person may remain overnight as space allows (except inpatient Psychiatry)

Inpatient Pediatrics: Baird 5, PICU, Mother-Baby

2 support people at a time

1 adult may remain overnight

Inpatient: End of Life Care

Family presence at the end of life will be managed by the care team. In general, 4 family members at a time are welcomed for patients in end-of-life care. 

Inpatient: Labor & Delivery

2 support people at a time.

Emergency Department

2 support people

Urgent Care: Adult

1 support person

Urgent Care: Pediatric

2 support people


2 support people

Outpatient: Adult

1-2 support people as space allows

Cancer Center & Shep 4 IV drug administration: 1 support person

Outpatient: Pediatric

2 support people

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