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Coronavirus Visitor Precautions

Updated COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

Starting March 17, 2022

Visitation and Outpatient Guidelines have changed to Level Green, as determined by CCH, state and federal regulatory authorities.

This means:

  • General visitation is permitted
  • Inpatient visiting hours are 7 am-8:30 pm, with exceptions for end of life visits
  • All visitors should perform hand hygiene before entering the patient’s room
  • All visitors, outpatients and support persons are required to be screened and wear a mask and additional PPE as necessary
  • Do not visit if ill
  • Visitors should sign in at the nurse’s station
  • Visitors for Behavioral Health inpatients should check with the unit directly for visiting hours and guidelines
  • Outpatients may have support person(s) accompany them to an appointment or procedure
  • No visitation is allowed for COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 patients unless the patient is at end of life.

For a complete list of guidelines for visitation to CCH during Level Green please visit

Download a PDF of the flyer here.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms. For people who have symptoms, illness can range from mild to severe. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness. People ages 5 years and older should get COVID-19 vaccines to prevent getting and spreading the illness. Everyone ages 16 and older can get a booster shot.

Key Facts

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after someone is exposed to the virus and can include fever, chills, and cough.
  • Some people who are infected may not have symptoms, which is why everyone should take everyday preventive actions.
  • Anyone can have severe illness from COVID-19, especially older adults and people of any age with underlying conditions.
  • Learn more about variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.

All visitors must be screened before entry

  • In all CCH facilities, wearing a face covering is required for everyone – patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, etc.
  • All visitors must be screened before entry.

Precaution Education for Visitors

COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2). People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure. These are some of the possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Call 911 and seek emergency care immediately if you have trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and/or bluish lips or face.

Download the Precaution Education for Visitors flyer here.

See How A Sneeze Can Launch Germs Much Farther Than 6 Feet

High-speed photography shows a sneeze can blast saliva and mucus well beyond current social distancing guidelines, and tiny droplets can remain in the air longer than thought.

Slowed to 2,000 frames per second, video and images show that a fine mist of mucus and saliva can burst from a person’s mouth at nearly 100 miles per hour and travel as far as 27 feet. A turbulent cloud of droplet-containing gas can remain suspended for several minutes, depending on the size of the droplet.

What You Should Know About Handwashing

Precautions-what are they?


  • Handwashing - #1 prevention. Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your used tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) when needed.


  • Protect ourselves and others such as visitors, staff and patients from getting sick.
  • What is needed to stay safe?
  • Wearing a face covering is required for everyone in all CCH facilities—patients, visitors, employees, volunteers, etc.
  • Handwashing or sanitizing is required before and after visiting a patient.
  • Limiting the number of surfaces we touch.
  • Visiting only necessary departments to decrease unnecessary traffic in halls or departments.
  • Excusing visitors during patient procedures that may spread disease to them.
  • Practicing safe social or physical distancing: stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Consider getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Speak with your healthcare provider about your options.
  • Staying Safe When Visiting
  • Each illness and disease require different protective equipment; CCH staff will help you with the necessary equipment to ensure the best protection.

Equipment may include:

  • Face mask
  • Face shield or goggles
  • Isolation gown
  • Gloves
  • Bonnet
  • Shoe covers

Learn about Powered Air Purifying Respirator Guidelines here