Carilion to change visitation level to red; no visitors permitted with few exceptions

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Carilion Clinic officials say they are implementing system-wide hospital visitation restrictions to help keep patients and employees safe.

Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 a.m., Carilion will update the visitation level to red for all hospitals.

According to to Carilion, no visitors will be permitted, except under the following conditions:


  • Patients with physical limitations or cognitive impairments, as directed by the need for a “1:1 sitter,” may have one designated visitor.
  • Two designated visitors will be allowed for pediatric patients (visitors must be family members and 18 years or older).
  • Two parents/guardians may visit patients in the NICU and both be present at the bedside.
  • One visitor for labor, delivery and duration of birth parent’s hospital stay. The visitor must remain the same throughout the stay. During surgical delivery, one visitor is allowed in the operating room.
  • One designated visitor for adult trauma patients.
  • Same Day Surgery: One visitor while the patient is being prepped for surgery. Once the patient is taken into the prep area, the visitor may be required to leave until the patient is in a room and the clinical care team contacts them. 
  • High-risk immunocompromised patients may have restricted visitation on a case-by-case basis as determined by clinical team.
  • Visitation for end-of-life patients will be allowed and coordinated by staff and administration.

Hospital-based outpatient services:

  • No visitors, unless staff determine special assistance is required, or physician has asked the patient to bring a responsible adult.
  • One designated visitor will be permitted for outpatient pediatric patients (visitor must be a parent or legal guardian).   

Visitation is assessed on a weekly basis based on the positivity rate of the community as well as the spread of COVID-19 and mask compliance.

“Visitors play an important role in patient experience, and Carilion asks that the community do its part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing. Most importantly, get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.”

Statement released on Jan. 8, 2022 by Carilion Clinic

Before visiting a Carilion facility, you are encouraged to check visitation information by clicking here. This has the latest information for hospital and ambulatory settings.

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