Changes to Temporary Visitor Policy
With declines in COVID-19 cases and a growing number of people being vaccinated, UT Southwestern is expanding its patient visitor policy from one guest to two in certain environments that provide ample space for social distancing.
Two visitors per patient are permitted in Williams P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Zale Lipshy Pavilion, unless under the following circumstances:
- Only one visitor may accompany a surgery patient to the hospital and Outpatient Surgical Center (WA), including preoperative and post-anesthesia care areas, where seating has been reduced so patients and visitors have adequate space between them.
- Only one visitor is allowed in the Emergency Department.
- No guests are permitted to visit COVID-19 patients, as enhanced safety measures must continue.
Given that social distancing can be more challenging in our ambulatory settings, patients are allowed one guest to clinic appointments.
At this time, children under age 12 should refrain from visiting our hospitals and Outpatient Surgery Center. Minors are permitted in our clinics, so long as the one visitor per patient rule is upheld. If children are UT Southwestern patients, they may be joined by two parents/guardians.
Visitor screening requirements
All visitors, patients, and staff will be screened at designated entry points. In addition to being asked about symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or malaise) and contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, everyone will also have a no-touch thermometer scan.
- Any visitor registering a reading of 100.0°F/37.78°C or higher will not be allowed in the buildings.