Visitor policy

Updated January 12, 2022

To protect our patients, staff and community from the risks associated with COVID-19, we have visitor restrictions in place at all our locations.

If you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you will be asked to postpone your visit.

Masks

To better safeguard our patients, staff and other visitors, everyone must wear a well-fitted, hospital-grade, multi-layer procedural mask inside our facilities. Fabric masks, gaiters, vented masks and bandanas are not allowed. We will provide appropriate masks at entrance points if you do not have one. Folks are allowed and encouraged to wear their own non-vented KN95 or N95 masks if they have them.

Outpatient visitors

One visitor may accompany each patient for clinical or procedural appointments. Children who are capable of keeping a mask on may also accompany a patient who has an appointment. 

All outpatient visitors must: 

  • Be screened for symptoms at entry points and provided a blue sticker
  • Follow social distancing, masking and hand hygiene guidelines

Learn more about what to expect when you arrive for your next visit

Emergency Department visitors

Nebraska Medical Center

For the safety of our patients and staff, we are no longer allowing visitors accompanying adult patients to wait in the waiting room.  

One adult visitor may accompany each minor patient at all times; two may be considered based on the severity of illness.  

All visitors must be screened for symptoms at entry points and follow social distancing, masking and hand hygiene guidelines.  

Bellevue Medical Center

Two adult visitors may accompany each minor patient. One adult visitor may accompany each adult patient.

All visitors must be screened for symptoms at entry points and follow social distancing, masking and hand hygiene guidelines. 

Inpatient visitors

Inpatients can have two designated visitors, one at a time. These visitors must be documented in the patient’s electronic health record. Children who are capable of keeping a mask on can visit. 

Patients with COVID-19, or those suspected of having COVID-19, can have two fully vaccinated visitors each day for up to two hours. These visitors must be documented in the patient’s electronic health record. 

Those visiting COVID-19 patients must:

  • Provide proof of vaccination
  • Wear the personal protective equipment required in our COVID-19 units

Visitor hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors and escorts will be asked to leave if our guidelines aren't followed. 

Our visitor guidelines:

  • Answer screening questions when entering our buildings
  • Wear a procedural mask at all times, including in patient rooms
  • Do not eat or drink in patient rooms or waiting areas
  • Wash your hands before entering and upon leaving patient rooms
  • Stay in the patient's room during the entire visit
  • Respect the one visitor rule. One visitor is allowed at a time. An additional, designated visitor can enter the building only after the current visitor exits the building. 
  • Leave the building after your visit. Do not walk the hallways or stay in waiting areas

Visitor hour exceptions

  • Pediatric patients may have two healthy designated visitors at all times
  • Labor and delivery patients may have two healthy designated visitors at all times