Penn State Health recognizes that family is an integral part of the care team. Family/support persons 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.

Guidelines for Family/Support Persons for Inpatient Visitations

  • Adult inpatients may have one family/support person accompany them per day. The one family/support person is 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 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 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.