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ChristianaCare Announces Temporary New Patient Visitation Guidelines

Due to increasing transmission rates of COVID-19 in the community, ChristianaCare is returning to limited visitation at its facilities and will also require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours for all visitors.

The following patient visitation guidelines will go into effect Monday, August 23.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be the same person for the entire day. Visitors must be age 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be age 16 or older.
  • Visitors for inpatients and support people accompanying patients for surgery must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR have a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours. Fully vaccinated is defined as having completed their first and second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or their single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test. Digital and paper copies of a negative COVID-19 test will be accepted.
  • All support persons/visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and are not permitted entry if they do not pass the screening.
  • Individuals coming to the emergency department may have one support person accompany them; that person must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals admitted to the hospital from the emergency department may be permitted one visitor daily, but that visitor must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.
  • Patients in Labor & Delivery may have two support people accompany them, one of whom may be a doula. Both support people must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Once admitted after delivery, patients may have one support person who must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the prior 72 hours.
  • Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) may have two visitors, one of whom is a parent or guardian.

Visitors should allow extra time for the screening process. Visitors must remain masked at all times in our facilities, even if they are vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have been guided by data and science to ensure that we are taking the most appropriate steps to ensure safe care and a safe environment for our patients, visitors and caregivers,” said Sharon Kurfuerst, Ed.D., OTR/L, FACHE, ChristianaCare chief operating officer.

“The increased spread of COVID-19, driven especially by the delta variant and spread among people who are still unvaccinated, is creating significant challenges. It is vitally important that everyone in the community get vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

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About ChristianaCare

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,430 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 2nd best health system for diversity and inclusion, and the 29th best health system to work for in the United States, and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.