Ochsner Health Visitor Policy
As the state loosens mask requirements and businesses resume operations, we are pleased to return to our pre-pandemic visitation policy for non-COVID-19 patients. This is so important for our patients as we know visitors contribute to our patients’ healing processes.
Employees and visitors in healthcare settings must wear masks. Ochsner Health will make masks available at entrances and will enforce mask wearing in all common areas for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. Masks must be worn properly, ensuring that the nose and mouth are covered. Children under 2 years of age are excluded from this requirement.
Ochsner will resume routine visitation for COVID-19 negative patients, including inpatients, outpatients, and procedural areas. Visitors are still encouraged to practice social distancing in waiting rooms, cafeterias, and common areas. Visitors and patients should maintain six feet distance between those not in their group. Visitors will be asked to leave if they exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection, have tested positive for COVID -19 in the last ten days, have a pending COVID-19 test for symptoms, are unable or refuse to wear a mask OR do not comply with current policy.
Fully vaccinated visitors may remove their masks while in a single patient’s room if the patient and visitor agree. Any member of the treatment team may request that visitors wear masks in their presence.
Patients who are positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to have one visitor between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.. Visitors must remain in the patient’s room at all times, wearing appropriate PPE.