Patient and visitor safety
Baylor Scott & White still requires you to wear a mask
All patients, visitors and staff are still required to wear a mask at all Baylor Scott & White entities, in line with CDC guidance. Limited exceptions include:
- Children under the age of two
- Anyone who has trouble breathing
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance
Patients who have or are suspected to have COVID-19 should continue wearing surgical masks provided by our facility.
Hospital visitors with an unapproved mask will be given an approved mask to wear while visiting. Unapproved masks include (but are not limited to) bandanas, masks with valves and neck gaiters.
Patient and visitor screening
Patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at registration. Patients who experience any symptoms will be expedited to a designated area.
Visitors will be asked to self-screen for the following COVID-19 symptoms upon entry and may be directed to take their temperature using an automated device. Symptoms include:
- Fever (100˚F or higher)
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
- New severe headache
Visitors with any COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of 100˚F or above will be instructed to not enter the facility unless they are seeking medical care.
Visiting patients and facilities (excludes COVID-19 patients)
We ask visitors to be limited to those essential for the patient’s physical or emotional well-being and care (e.g., care partner, parent). We continue to encourage the use of alternative mechanisms for patient and visitor interactions, such as video-call applications on cell phones or tablets.
Please note visitation policies may differ and are up to the unit’s discretion.
COVID-19/patient under investigation (“PUI”) patients
No visitors allowed except one visitor over the age of 16 in the following circumstances:
- Pediatric/neonatal care patient
- Laboring/post-partum patient
- Patient undergoing surgery or procedure
- Patients with difficulty understanding or making decisions (i.e., may lack capacity)
- Patients who may be disabled or impaired
- Patient receiving end-of-life care
- As otherwise determined by local facility leadership
For end-of-life situations, the facility may allow more than one visitor, a visitor under the age of 16, or a member of the clergy. We ask visitors of a COVID-19 patient/PUI to not visit public areas of the facilities, such as the cafeteria.
Thank you for your understanding and support in helping to keep our patients, caregivers and visitors safe.