COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has announced the hospital will be reducing patients’ visitors due to COVID-19. 

Starting Tuesday, patients at the OSU Wexner Medical Center will only be allowed two named visitors during their hospital stay.  

“This change is necessary to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposures to our patients, visitors and staff and to reduce the need for health care staff to educate and remind several different visitors about COVID-19 safety requirements,” a release from the hospital states.  

Visitation will be permitted between 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week. Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, the following rules apply:

  • Hospital patients can have two named visitors for the duration of the hospital stay. No changes are permitted.
  • No visitors under age 18.
  • All visitors must wear a hospital-grade face mask covering the nose and mouth at all times while in the building, including in the patient’s room.
  • Visitors must have no COVID-19 symptoms or recent known exposures.
  • Visitors must perform hand hygiene upon arrival and when entering/exiting the patient’s room.
  • Visitors for COVID-19 positive and suspected COVID-19 patients must perform added safety precautions as instructed and should not visit other areas of the building.
  • Existing visitation exceptions and allowances will remain in place and are explained on OSU’s visitor policy page.

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