Penn State Health recognizes that family is an integral part of the care team. Family/support persons are permitted to be on-site in limited fashion to facilitate patient- and family-centered care under the guidelines below. Those who are not a patient’s family/support person are not permitted to visit on-site at this time.

We strongly encourage family/support persons to connect with your loved one virtually using technology such as FaceTime, Skype or Zoom. We are happy to facilitate this should you need assistance.

General Visitation Guidelines for Family/Support Persons

Anyone wishing to enter any Penn State Health facility will be screened for COVID-19; no one with symptoms will be permitted to enter. Everyone entering our facilities must wear a mask and adhere to appropriate social distancing guidelines when possible. Those who refuse to wear a mask may have their visitation privileges revoked.

Family/support persons must be 18 years of age or older, unless they are a 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.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Inpatient Visitations

  • Adult patients who are COVID-19 negative are permitted one family/support person visitor per stay. Family/support persons are permitted to spend the night if space allows.
  • Inpatient pediatric patients and pediatric surgery patients are permitted two family/support people per stay. They are permitted to spend the night if space allows. 
  • Labor and Delivery patients are permitted one family/support person for the entire duration of the stay.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Outpatient Surgery

  • Adult patients are permitted one family/support person. Family/support person won’t be allowed in Pre-Op and will be reunited when the patient is in Post-Op Phase 2.
  • 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

  • One family/support person may accompany an adult patient for the duration of the patient’s stay.
  • Two family/support people may accompany a pediatric patient for the duration of the patient’s stay.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for the Emergency Department

  • Adult patients accessing emergency departments will not be permitted any family/support persons. 
  • Pediatric patients are allowed two family/support people to accompany them.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Outpatient Clinic Visits

  • Adult patients accessing outpatient clinics will not be permitted any family/support persons.
  • For pediatric patients, one family/support person is permitted per patient.