COVID-19 Response

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Visitor Guidelines

At A Glance - What you need to know:

  • No visitors except essential to patient care (few exceptions outside of this)
  • All persons entering CHRISTUS facilities will continue to be screened and receive a temperature check

As of 10:00 a.m., July 7, we will not allow visitors to our hospital and outpatient facilities with very special exceptions (see below) as directed by local and state officials. We are taking an aggressive approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our patients, Associates, and medical staff.

  • Emergency Room: No visitors except parents with children under 18, one visitor with patients unable to make decisions and end of life/critical situations (determined by medical/nursing staff)
  • Inpatient/ICU Visitors: No visitors except critical/end of life and essential visitor, to be determined by medical
  • Labor & Delivery Patients: One support person only (no changing out, no leaving the room)
  • NICU & Pediatric Patients: Two parents ONLY. Pediatric patient parents not allowed to leave room
  • End of Life Care: Exception will be made by medical/nursing staff for clergy and family on a case by case basis
  • Patients Undergoing Outpatient Procedures or Testing with Sedation: No visitors unless they meet essential visitor requirement. One parent with child 18 or younger. Patients can be dropped off at designated entrances. Patients will give contact information to hospital team of a support person to contact with patient status or that the patient is ready for discharge

What is an essential visitor?

Essential visitors are visitors that are required to accompany the patients for vital care or communication needs.


As a reminder, all entrances to the hospital campus will be closed and locked. Any essential visitor will continue to enter through the Main Entrance at St. Patrick and Day Surgery Entrance at Lake Area (5:00 am-7:30 pm Monday-Friday; 6:00 am-7:30 pm Saturday & Sunday)

We continue to be vigilant in responding to the changing situation with COVID-19 response. Thank you for all you do to help us extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Universal Masking

The health and safety of our patients, visitors, Associates and our communities remain of utmost importance. Beginning Monday, April 6, patients and visitors will be required to bring their own mask to wear while in our hospitals or outpatient clinics. You can learn more about how to make your own cloth masks by visiting the CDC website. Our health professionals providing care for presumed COVID-19 or known COVID-19 patients are expected to wear N95 respirator masks. Hospitalized patients do not have to wear a mask while in their rooms.

Our Locations

CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital
4200 Nelson Road
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605

CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital
524 Dr. Michael Debakey Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601