COVID-19, Visitation and Vaccine Updates

Luminis Health is excited to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you for your patience and for helping us prioritize care for our community. COVID-19 vaccination appointments at DCMC are now full for this week. We will keep you updated as our supply increases and we move to additional cohorts. Learn more at


Limited Visitation.

In accordance with the statewide order to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are adapting our Family Presence and Visitation Guidelines and restricting all visitors effective Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 pm.

Exception Criteria:

  • Patients requiring a support person for disabilities.
  • Patients having an acute life-threatening event.
  • Patients in an end-of-life situation.
  • Maternity patients.
  • Pediatric Patients.
  • Clergy of any denomination may visit a patient at any time and will not count in the visitor max.
  • Patients requiring surrogate decision makers, including power of attorney or court-appointed guardians to help in the decision making process.
  • Hospital guests with an official governmental function.



  • Wear a mask, covering the mouth and nose, at all times.
  • Wash hands upon entry to hospital, and entry into and exit from patient rooms.
  • Complete a COVID-19 screening when entering the hospital.
  • Stay in the patient’s room and limit walking to public bathrooms and cafes.
  • Do not gather in lounges, lobbies, or hallways.
  • Visitors should be 18 years and older unless the visit is for end of life.
  • Patients who are 21 years of age or under may have a parent or guardian with them.


Confirmed or suspected COVID-19

Adult Medical/Surgical Units, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Observation Unit:

  • No visitors except for the exception criteria.


  • One parent/support person may be with the patient.

Emergency Department


  • One companion may accompany the patient.


  • Two consistent parents/support persons may be with the patient during their entire stay. We encourage only one parent/support person if at all possible.

Adult Inpatient Medical, Surgical and Observation Units (including any shared patient rooms)

  • No family members/support persons may visit except for exception criteria.

Intensive Care Unit

  • No family members/support persons may visit except for the exception criteria.

Mother Baby

  • Non-COVID-19 positive maternity patients may have one consistent support person throughout their admission.
  • COVID-19 positive maternity patients may have one consistent support person throughout their admission. This support person will remain with the patient from admission to discharge. Meals will be provided to the support person. Exception, in the event the baby is admitted to the NICU, the asymptomatic support person may visit the baby adhering to the NICU guidelines.
  • Postpartum readmits may have one support person and their infant with them. The infant must be attended by the support person at all times.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • NICU patients can have the mother and a consistent support person (both have security bands). The support person for COVID-19 positive mothers can visit two times per shift.

Pediatric Inpatient

  • Pediatric patients may have two consistent parents/support persons who will have parent identification bands.

Surgical Patients

  • One family member/support person can be with the patient until the patient is registered. Once the patient is registered, the family member/support person must leave the hospital.
  • No family members/support persons can remain in the hospital except for the exception criteria.

Outpatient Practices

  • No family members/support persons may stay with the patient except for the exception criteria.

Behavioral Health – Pathways & J. Kent/McNew Family Medical Center

  • Family members/Support persons are not permitted at this time.

Patients requiring a support person for disabilities

  • A support person can be present with the patient 24/7 – this applies to patients who have tested negative or positive for COVID-19.
  • A support person may provide personal, behavioral, and/or communication support not otherwise provided in the hospital setting.
  • A support person can include, but is not limited to, family members, personal care assistants and/or disability service providers.

Acute life-threatening events and end of life

  • If the health care team deems the patient is at end of life or had an acute life threatening event, the care team will contact the family (as defined by the patient). All patients, including those with COVID-19 positive results, may have up to two family members/support persons at bedside, 24/7 on all units.
    • Family members/support persons may switch throughout the visit.
    • An adult must accompany minors under 18. The minor counts as the second visitor.


How can family and friends stay in touch with their loved ones and the health care team?

Hospital staff will reach out to a designated family member, as agreed to by the patient, to communicate about the patient’s condition. In addition, hospital staff will help you in communicating directly with the patient.

How can I be sure that my loved one will be safely cared for during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Employees are trained in the management of infectious disease and Luminis Health is following recommendations of the CDC, Maryland Department of Health and other health care organizations. We understand that it is unsettling not to be able to visit your loved one, but these visitor restrictions are designed to keep both you and your loved one safe during this time. 

What if my loved one or I need health care for other illnesses or injury?

During this pandemic, our patients still need care for health conditions unrelated to COVID-19, and we will continue to serve and care for the needs of all patients within the constraints of safely managing through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to providing essential health services and to caring for our community. 



Additional requests will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the administrator on call. We appreciate your understanding during these extraordinary times. We are confident that together we will continue to deliver the highest quality of care.