Due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), we have implemented new visitor restrictions to ensure the health and safety of our patients, their families and our staff. Effective Sunday, March 15, these visitor restrictions apply at all Ohio State health care facilities: Outpatient/Ambulatory/Emergency Department For a patient coming for an emergency department visit, outpatient surgery, procedure or office visit: limit one (1) visitor/support person in the building. Hospitals For hospitalized patients: Limit one (1) visitor in the building at any time No visitors are allowed in the building from 10 p.m-8 a.m. overnight, unless accompanying a newly admitted patient or a maternity patient No visitors under age 16 NOTE: Visitation rules may be even more restricted on units or floors with patients who have reduced immune systems or special populations. Exceptions: &ldquo;End of life&rdquo; situations Minor patients (&lt;=18 years old) may have two visitors but this is limited to only parents or guardians Individuals with significant physical disabilities are limited to one support person in addition to a visitor Visitor Screening All visitors to hospitals will be screened for symptoms and travel or exposure history. Visitor screening is also being done at selected community ambulatory facilities that care for patients with reduced immune systems (e.g., cancer). Visitors will be asked to leave the facility if they have had symptoms in the past 24 hours or exposures in the last 14 days. If the visitor is a driver for a patient, they will be asked to wait in their car until the patient&rsquo;s appointment is completed. Visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings. These building entrances will be temporarily closed to the public: Ohio State Brain and Spine Hospital: south entrance Ohio State University Hospital: 12th Ave. bridge entrance James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute: 12th Ave. entrance Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and visitors.