Family Presence and Visitor Policy for Hospitals + Ambulatory Sites

In response to the current status of COVID-19 rates and because the recent surges have significantly waned, MUSC Health is moving from modified operations to normal operations. Some aspects of returning to normal operations such as re-opening additional entrances will take a few weeks. Please be patient as we work on items such as patient entrances, routes of egress and expanding waiting areas.

Patients who need emergency treatment should continue to seek care at any MUSC Health Emergency Department. If you believe you need to be tested for COVID-19, please visit a community testing site. Visits to the Emergency Department should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies.

Our teams will continue to closely monitor any changes in COVID-19 which would require changes to our operational levels. 

Visitation

Normal (pre-COVID-19) visitation can resume. The current visitor restrictions in our hospitals are eliminated. We allow family and visitors in all patient care areas, including 24/7 in the inpatient areas.

Pre-Procedure Testing

Pre-procedure testing for COVID-19 is no longer necessary.

Entrances

Symptom screening at entrances will stop, but we will continue to encourage and remind everyone to self-screen.

Masking

We remain in alignment with the CDC on the ongoing recommendation for wearing masks, but face coverings will no longer be required at MUSC Health except in certain instances outlined below.

Out of respect for varying comfort levels, any care team member who receives a request to wear a mask by any patient, family member or visitor should don a mask.

We strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination to continue to mask. Up-to-date vaccination is defined as having received four doses of an mRNA vaccine for those 50+ years of age and three doses for those under 50.

Care team members must wear an N95 respirator when in the same room as a symptomatic rule-out COVID-19 or any lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient. This is not an optional situation.  

Masks will remain required for ALL passengers on MUSC shuttles/buses per federal regulations. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the directive requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and in public transportation hubs through April 18, 2022.

We recognize that not all care team members or patients and families feel comfortable with removal of masks. We ask everyone to support and respect those who choose to continue masking.