Cape Cod Healthcare Implements Updated Visitor Policy

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As part of its continued commitment to the safety of patients and staff due to COVID-19, Cape Cod Healthcare has implemented an updated patient visitation and accompaniment policy that is in alignment with state guidance.

As of today, March 1, 2023, visitation will be expanded as follows:

  • Inpatient visitation (non-COVID patients): Visitors will be allowed between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. without restriction.
    Visitors will self-screen for symptoms of respiratory illness per hospital policy and are required to wear a mask.
  • Exceptions:
  1. Critical Care: Hospital staff will continue to call the critical care unit(s) from the front desk to ensure visitation is appropriate, but there will be no restriction to the number of visitors (no more than two at a time).
  2. Emergency Department (ED): Up to two visitors will be allowed in the ED at the discretion of the care team.
  3. COVID-19 end of life: Two visitors at a time will be allowed.
  4. Accompaniment: In those situations where it is of benefit to either the patient or the provider for the patient to have either a caregiver or family member accompany the visitor, (one only) will be allowed.

    Examples of these situations include but are not limited to:

  • A minor accompanied by a parent or guardian
  •  A person with cognitive impairment, memory impairment or dementia accompanied by a caregiver
  • A person with limited mobility accompanied by an attendant/caregiver
  • A person with anxiety or phobia regarding their visit/procedure
  •  A person whom the provider deems necessary for the patients care and safety

    There will be no visitors for COVID-19 positive patients outside of End-of-Life exception above.

    Any deviation from this policy must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved by the administrator on call prior to implementation.

    For more information, visit the Cape Cod Healthcare COVID-19 Resource Center at