Coronavirus Updates & Hospital Visitor Policy

MUSC Health Florence and Marion Medical Centers Activate No Visitor Policy

Last updated 4:37 p.m. 3/23/2020

MUSC Health’s primary goal is the safety of patients, families and care team members. Care team leaders continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and create new ways to best take care of patients. This leads to making decisions, almost hourly, to respond to the challenges and uncertainty resulting from this situation.

In addition to direction from the state of South Carolina, MUSC Health closely follows CDC guidelines and is learning in real time from the experience of other hospitals and state systems around the country as we deal with this new virus.

In alignment with Governor McMaster’s executive order for hospitals to eliminate patient visitation, except for patients who are near the end of life, MUSC Health has enacted new visitation guidelines. In addition to the screening and hand hygiene protocols currently in place, the following guidelines apply. 

Adult Patients

The following apply to adult patients at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, and MUSC Health Marion Medical Center, MUSC Health Florence Rehabilitation Center, and MUSC Health Mullins Nursing Center:

  • We will not permit visitors in the building unless the physician feels a patient is at the end of life. At that time, we will contact a family member, friend or other caregiver to be at the bedside.
  • Exceptions may be made by hospital administration based on ongoing patient safety needs.
  • Daily screening will continue to take place at designated hospital entrances.

Pediatric Patients and Patients in Labor

The following apply to adult patients at MUSC Health Women’s Pavilion and Emergency Departments:

  • Emergency Department - only one (1) parent, legal guardian or caregiver will be permitted with their child.
  • For pregnant mothers, one (1) significant other will be permitted to enter the hospital or be at the mother’s bedside.

We realize these guidelines place additional stress on patients and families, and we wish that we could do something different. However, as a community, if we want to limit the spread of COVID-19 and how sick people become, we must take these kinds of precautions. Patients and families are encouraged to use technology to stay connected to friends and family while keeping safe from infections that can be spread from person to person.