Patient and visitor safety
The safety of our patients, visitors and team members is paramount. We have rigorous infection prevention measures in place, and will continue monitoring local and national health conditions, adjusting our policies accordingly.
Wearing masks in Baylor Scott & White facilities is optional for most patients, visitors and team members. Masks will continue to be required in areas where clinically appropriate as directed by our infection prevention measures.
Patients with respiratory symptoms—including those who have or are suspected to have COVID-19 or the flu—should continue wearing surgical masks on our campuses. Limited exceptions include:
- Anyone with a medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance
Patients will be screened for infectious disease symptoms at registration. Patients who experience any symptoms will be expedited to a designated area.
We ask visitors to screen for the following symptoms. If any are present, we ask that they refrain from entering our facilities until the symptoms subside.
- Fever (100˚F or higher)
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
- New severe headache
Asymptomatic visitors are welcome to visit their loved ones and must follow all visitation guidelines for the facility. If visiting a patient with a contagious illness, such as COVID-19, you will be asked to adhere to our infection prevention measures, which may include masking.