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Visitor Restrictions & Screenings

Ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff is our top priority. In order to maintain safety, it is necessary that we take action to protect everyone from infection transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic

To protect patients while COVID-19 is heightened within our community, visitor restrictions are in effect for the University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics.

We understand that having the company of your friends and family members are important to the healing process. During this time, in order to keep our patients, staff, visitors, and employees safe we are not allowing visitors in the hospital at this time, with the following exceptions:

Exceptions have been made for certain patient groups, including:

  • Women giving birth: Patients who are about to give birth can have one visitor present at all times.
  • Critically ill/end-of-life patients: The number of visitors will be managed by the attending physician and the unit nursing director (or the HOA after hours).
  • General outpatient pediatrics: Patients under the age of 18 may have one visitor. Patients in the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby units may have one visitor.
  • Patients under 18 or with a development delay: Patients under the age of 18 or with a development delay resulting in the inability to make independent decisions, can have one caregiver present during outpatient appointments.
  • Outpatient procedures and testing: Patients undergoing outpatient surgeries, procedures, or testing can have one visitor wait in the waiting area, for the duration of their procedure.
  • Surgery patients: Any patients undergoing surgery or a procedure may have one visitor for the duration of the procedure; the visitor must remain in the waiting area.
  • No one under the age of 18 may visit.

Visitors that are permitted will receive a temperature screening and be screened for flu-like symptoms when they arrive. Anyone with a fever or symptoms will not be allowed into the Hospital & Clinics.

If you do not meet any of the exceptions you will not be allowed to visit. However, our care team will continue to regularly communicate with families to keep them up to date. We also encourage our patients and their loved ones to communicate via phone calls, text messaging, and video call.

Click here for more information on Visitor and Guest Restrictions. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in helping us keep the public safe. 

Mandatory Temperature Screening

In an effort to help keep everyone safe from respiratory illness and reduce the risk of spread, all individuals who enter the University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics will be screened for their temperature.

Screenings will take place at all open entrances to the Hospital & Clinics and will be done with nontouch thermometers.

Any individuals that display any signs or symptoms — such as a fever (100.4 F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath— will receive instructions from the medical staff after their temperature is taken. 

This is necessary safety measure that we are taking to ensure that all of our patients, visitors, and staff can remain healthy and safe. 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.