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Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Guidelines | CHRISTUS Spohn Health System COVID-19 Visitor Statement – UPDATED as of 4.1.21

Essential Support Person and visitor policy

Additional guidelines for Essential Support Persons for COVID-positive patients. We know how important it is to our patients that their support systems be available while they are in the hospital. But in order to keep our patients, their visitors and our Associates safe, it’s important that all Essential Support Persons and visitors follow these guidelines while in our facilities.

  •  Anyone who is sick, has a fever, is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or has been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days is absolutely not allowed to visit.
  • Upon entering our facilities, every person must undergo a symptom and temperature check.
  • All are required to wear masks at all times while inside the facility and must follow safe physical distancing guidelines.
  • All must wear their identification markers (wristbands, stickers, etc.) provided upon admission or registration, at all times while in our facilities.
  • All must wear a visitor screening badge, provided upon entry, at all times while in our facilities.
  • Everyone will be asked to sanitize their hands before and after entering clinical areas and waiting rooms.
  • All must remain inside the patient room throughout their visit unless directed by the clinical team to step out of the
    room or limit visitation, and/or for infection control reasons (e.g. patient undergoing aerosolizing treatment).
  • We encourage visitors to remain closely connected to their loved ones with their own devices through virtual means
    like Skype®, FaceTime® or by phone. Our Associates will assist patients, if needed, and/or provide a hospital-approved device to use.

Additional guidelines for Essential Support Persons for COVID-positive patients 

For the protection of our patients and our community, visitation for COVID patients is permitted, but only under certain circumstances. Patients and family members are encouraged to talk with their caregivers regarding visitation status.

When visitation is allowed:

  • Only one Essential Support Person at a time can visit a patient who has COVID, except when certain procedures are being performed. (Ask your care team for more information.)
  • Visiting times must be coordinated with the patient’s care team and adhere to facility visitation hours and age restrictions.
  • The Essential Support Person will wear protective equipment that includes gown, gloves, eye protection, and designated mask.
  • The Essential Support Person will receive education regarding the use and disposal of protective equipment.

Essential Support Person and visitor policy

We know how important it is to our patients that their support systems be available to them while they are in the hospital. But in order to keep our patients, their visitors and our Associates safe, it’s important that we limit visitation and that all visitors follow the guidelines on the back of this page.

We allow two types of visitors for our patients. Some patients are allowed to have both kinds, and some are just allowed to have one. They include:

  • Essential Support Person (ESP) – A family member, friend, or other individual who provides emotional, physical and/or spiritual support for the patient during the course of their clinical care. The ESP may be, but it is not limited to, the patient’s surrogate decision maker. Per stay, each patient is permitted to designate one or more ESP at registration or admission. Each ESP will receive a visible marker like a wristband or sticker.
  • Visitors – Any other family member, friend or other individual who wishes to visit the patient.

The number of ESP and visitors varies by the type of patient they are visiting. Our current levels are included below:

 Type of patient Essential Support
Person (ESP)
 All other visitors Maximum number of people allowed in
patient’s room at any given time
COVID-positive with aerosol-
generating treatment or procedure 1
 Virtual Visits Only Virtual Visits Only  Up to 2, only during compassionate
care exceptions
 COVID-positive with aerosol-
generating treatment or procedure1
 1 in the room at a time   Virtual Visits Only Up to 1 (if compassionate care exception,
up to 2)
 End of Life and Other
Compassionate Care Exceptions2
 1 in the room at a time  Up to 3 visitors in the room at a time, no limit on number of visitors per day   Up to 4 (if COVID. limited to 2)
Critical Care Units and
Emergency Departments
1 in the room at a time  Virtual Visits Only  Up to 1
 All other situations (Inpatient, Peds/
Adult, L&D, same day procedures,
appointments, etc.)
 1 in the room at a time  Up to 1 visitor at a time  Up to 2 

1 Your care team (nurse, physician, etc.) can tell you if this applies to you 

2 End of life and other compassionate care situations must be evaluated by the house supervisor or administrator on call on a
case-by-case basis

 



 

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2500 E. Main Street
Alice, Texas 78332

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Kingsville, Texas 78363

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Beeville, Texas 78102

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Corpus Christi, Texas 78404

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Corpus Christi, Texas 78414