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Temporary Visitor Restrictions

Page updated May 1, 2021


Baptist Health Hardin Visitation Guidelines

Effective May 1, 2021, but subject to change based on patient and staff safety related to COVID-19.

We understand these temporary restrictions may be difficult for patients and their loved ones, but Baptist Health Hardin is taking these necessary steps to protect patients and staff. All visitors are expected to wear a mask at all times and comply with the Universal Masking policy. If they are unable or unwilling, they may be asked to leave.

Limited Visitation:

  • Inpatient areas, including Intensive Care (ICU/CCU) patients and 3NT patients (who are NOT diagnosed with COVID-19 or being ruled out for COVID-19): One visitor is allowed at any given time during the visiting hours of 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Family members may rotate visitation. All authorized visitors will be given a card upon entry and will turn in to screener desk when leaving.
  • Emergency Department: One visitor is allowed per patient in the ED. Visitor is restricted to staying in waiting room and/or ED room directly with patient. This includes respiratory/COVID-19 suspected patients.
  • Surgical Services: One visitor may accompany surgery patient
  • Lifespring Unit: One visitor at a time on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m
  • End-of-life for non-COVID/Hospice patients: Visitors determined on a case-by-case basis by House Manager
  • BirthPlace: One support person (1 designated visitor for the entire admission). Visitor may leave the Birthplace unit and return as needed. This person CANNOT trade out with another person and is the designated visitor for the patient’s entire admission.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility: One visitor at a time is permitted by calling the unit and scheduling an appointment during the visiting hours of 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Cafeteria: Visitors are allowed. Seating is very limited due to physical distancing

No Visitation for the Following:

  • All patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or being ruled out for COVID-19 (exceptions may be approved by House Manager for end-of-life situations)
  • No visitors under the age of 18 allowed
  • Outpatient diagnostic and screening procedures
  • Outpatient Oncology treatment settings and Radiation Therapy
  • Baptist Health Medical Group locations: Exceptions include dependent patients and children under 18


Patient and Visitor Infection Prevention

Mask Instructions

For everyone’s safety, visitors are expected to comply with our universal masking policy during the entire visit.

  1. Clean hands before touching/putting on the mask.
  2. Mask has a front, back, top and bottom.
  3. Front of mask “folds” point down and may be colored. The front should face away from you.
  4. The top of the mask has a wire which molds over the bridge of the nose.
  5. Fit mask to cover face (nose and mouth).
  6. Wear mask upon entry to the facility and remove the mask after leaving the facility. Clean hands.
  7. Do not touch the mask while it is on your face

Keep Hands Clean

  1. Clean hands frequently. If washing with soap and water, wash your hands for 20 seconds or more, making sure to get under your nails.
  2. Clean your hands when entering a patient’s room, before touching a patient and before you leave the patient’s room.
  3. Clean hands before touching eyes, nose, or mouth and before eating.
  4. Clean hands after using the bathroom, blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  5. Clean hands after touching frequently touched surfaces (door handles, elevator buttons, bed rails, light switches, etc.

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