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OU Medicine Updates Visitation Policy as Response to COVID-19

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OU Medicine Updates Visitation Policy as Response to COVID-19 

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, OU Medicine and its academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, have updated their visitation policies.

Effective immediately, hospital and clinic patients are limited as to how many visitors may visit or join them at appointments. 

OU Health Sciences Center and OU Medicine Visitor Guidelines for Adult Care:

  • OU Medical Center and OU Medical Center Edmond are limiting visitors to only one visitor per patient. These approved visitors will be the only individuals allowed in the patient rooms, waiting areas and lobbies for the duration of a patient’s stay.
    • NO VISITORS will be admitted to The Autumn Life Center at OU Medical Center Edmond. 
  • OU Physicians clinics in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are limiting the number of individuals who may accompany a patient to an appointment, including to the waiting area, to one visitor per patient. 
  • All other OU Health Sciences Center clinical facilities in the College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, College of Allied Health and student clinics are limiting the number of individuals who may accompany a patient to an appointment, including to the waiting area, to one visitor per patient. 
  • Stephenson Cancer Center is limiting the number of individuals who may accompany a patient to an appointment, including to the waiting area, to one visitor per patient.

The Children's Hospital and OU Children's Physicians Visitor Guidelines for Pediatric Care:

  • The Children’s Hospital is limiting the number of visitors for all patients to only two visitors. These approved visitors will be the only individuals allowed in the patient rooms, waiting areas and lobbies for the duration of a patient’s stay.
  • OU Children’s Physicians clinics are limiting the number of individuals who may accompany a patient to an appointment, including to the waiting area, to two visitors per patient.

Visitor Information: 

  • All visitors to any and all OU Medicine entities must be over the age of 18. This includes siblings of patients.
  • For patients who have confirmed COVID-19, no visitors will be allowed in the room unless the patient is a minor.
  • For patients on palliative and hospice care, the physician will work with the family on a case-by-case basis regarding visitation.
  • OU Medicine requests that visitors who may be sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms not visit the hospital unless they are seeking medical treatment.
  • Large groups of visitors gathering in waiting rooms, lobbies and other public areas in OU Medicine facilities is discouraged.

Visitor Screening:

  • All visitors to OU Medicine hospitals and OU Children's Physicians must check in upon arrival to the individual facility. Specific entrances will be designated for patients and visitors to enter.
  • Screening policies and procedures will be updated frequently and modified as needed by care setting.
  •    OU Medicine hospitals and OU Children’s Physicians will begin checking-in visitors upon arrival to the individual facility. Specific entrances have been designated for patients and visitors to enter.

    Check-in entails the following questions: 

      1. Have you traveled outside Oklahoma to a state or country with a high incidence of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
      2. Have you had any of the following symptoms during the past 24 hours?
        • Fever ≥ 100° F
        • Cough
        • Shortness of Breath
        • Body Aches
      3. Have you been exposed to someone who is ill and traveled within the last 14 days?
      4. Have you had a known exposure to a person with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

These screening policies and procedures are subject to change as new information evolves. To stay up-to-date on the latest changes, please visit the COVID-19 resources portal. For more information, visit www.oumedicine.com/coronavirus

“We realize these new restricted guidelines may feel inconvenient, but ultimately, we are here to care for Oklahoma’s most ill and injured patients and it is our responsibility to protect them as well as our medical staff from anything that might keep them from getting well,” said Chuck Spicer, FACHE, President and CEO of OU Medicine. “We continue to coordinate with other hospitals and clinics across Oklahoma and feel this is in everyone’s best interest.”

John Zubialde, MD, Executive Dean, OU College of Medicine explained that these visitation changes are only temporary. “OU Medicine experts have been proactively planning and preparing for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and taking care of our patients. We hope this current pandemic situation passes quickly, at which time we will return to our previous visitation policy.”

For more information on COVID-19, go to oumedicine.com/coronavirus.