Penn State Health recognizes that family is an integral part of the care team. Family/support persons of non-COVID-19 patients are permitted to be on-site to facilitate patient- and family-centered care under the guidelines below. No other visitors are permitted on-site at this time.

General Visitation Guidelines for Family/Support Persons

Persons entering any Penn State Health facility will be screened for COVID-19. No one with symptoms will be permitted to enter. Everyone entering our facilities - including those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 - must wear a mask and adhere to appropriate social distancing guidelines when possible for the duration of their stay. Those who refuse to wear a mask may have their family/support privileges revoked.

Family/support persons must be 18 years of age or older, unless they are the parent of a pediatric patient or the partner of a laboring patient.

Patients who have an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability, communication barrier or behavioral concerns will be permitted one attendant, caregiver or family/support person in accordance with federal and state law.

Family/support persons are expected to respect the privacy and health care needs of the patient. In the event a family/support person becomes disruptive, uncooperative, threatening or presents any safety risk to patients or staff, their visitation privileges may be revoked.

The following guidelines do not apply for patients with COVID-19, who are not permitted to have on-site family/support persons at this time.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Inpatient Visitations

  • Adult inpatients may have two family/support persons accompany them per day. The two family/support persons are not permitted to spend the night.
  • Inpatient pediatric patients and pediatric surgery patients are permitted two family/support people per day. Family/support people are permitted to spend the night if space allows.
  • Labor and Delivery and postpartum patients are permitted two family/support persons for the entire duration of the stay.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Outpatient Surgery

  • Adult patients are permitted two family/support persons per day.
  • Pediatric patients may have two family/support people accompany them throughout the surgical process, with the exception of the operating room.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Outpatient Procedural Areas

  • Adult patients are permitted one family/support person per day.
  • Two family/support persons may accompany a pediatric patient per day. Two family/support persons are permitted to spend the night if space allows.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for the Emergency Department

  • Adult patients accessing emergency departments are permitted one family/support person to accompany them per day, in the event a patient is held overnight.
  • Pediatric patients are allowed two family/support people to accompany them per day, in the event a patient is held overnight.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Outpatient Clinic Visits

  • Adult patients accessing outpatient clinics are permitted one family/support person to accompany them per day.
  • Pediatric patients are allowed two family/support persons to accompany them per day.