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Published on March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Visitation Guidelines and Resources

East Tennessee Children's HospitalAs we all know, this is a very fluid situation and the information on this site will change regularly. Please continue to check this page for updates.


Visitation Guidelines

Please help us protect our patients, families and staff. COVID-19 may continue to spread in our community. To help protect our patients, families and staff, Children’s Hospital is limiting the number of visitors entering our campus. The following guidelines below outline our new guidelines and let you know what to expect when coming to Children’s Hospital’s main campus:

General

  • Please help us protect our patients. NO ONE with any illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) should visit.
  • (3/24) ONLY ONE parent/guardian critical to your child's health care may visit.
  • TELL US! Do you or does your child have a respiratory illness? Alert hospital staff immediately!
  • No visitors age 16 or under are permitted.

Are you bringing your child to the Emergency Department, outpatient visit, diagnostic test or being admitted for an inpatient stay?

Note to Emergency Visitors

(3/25) Only 1 non-ill adult should accompany patients visiting the Emergency Department. We understand that not everyone plans a visit to our Emergency Department and families may have extenuating circumstances when visiting. Our staff will evaluate and provide guidance to everyone entering the Emergency Department, this may include having extra visitors wait in their car or they may asked to remain in the patient’s room without leaving or wandering through the department.

Thank you for your cooperation!

  • Enter through a designated entry point. All of the hospital’s main entrances are open during the day.
  • Expect screening questions about your health and recent travel upon entry.
  • Inpatient families will check-in and check-out at a designated entry point.
  • After 9 p.m., all visitors should enter through the Emergency Department.
  • (3/24) ONLY ONE parent/guardian critical to your child’s health care may visit.
  • No visitors under the age of 16 are permitted.
  • Visitors will be given a colored sticker to alert staff they have been screened. Please keep the sticker visible at all times while on Children’s Hospital’s campus.

Are you bringing your child to a doctor’s appointment in the Medical Office Building or Koppel Plaza?

  • Enter through a designated entry point. All of the hospital’s main entrances are open during the day.
  • Expect screening questions about your health and recent travel upon entry.
  • (3/24) ONLY ONE parent/guardian may come with the patient.
  • No visitors under the age of 16 are permitted.
  • Visitors will be given a colored sticker to alert staff they have been screened. Please keep the sticker visible at all times while on Children’s Hospital’s campus.

Are you coming to outpatient surgery?

  • Some non-essential procedures and surgeries are being postponed at this time. Speak with your surgeon for more information or if you have a concern.
  • Expect screening questions about your health and recent travel upon entry.
  • (3/24) ONLY ONE parent/guardian may come with the patient.
  • No visitors under the age of 16 are permitted.
  • Visitors will be given a colored sticker to alert staff they have been screened. Please keep the sticker visible at all times while on Children’s Hospital’s campus.

Has your child’s doctor or primary care provider advised you to come to the Emergency Department for COVID-19 testing?

  • ALERT US! Please call the Emergency Department at 865-541-8133 to let us know you are here.
  • A staff member will meet you with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the building.

Are you a vendor?

  • Only essential deliveries are being accepted, sales calls are not be permitted at this time.
  • Vendors should enter/exit through the loading dock.
  • Expect screening questions about your health and recent travel.
  • Expect a temperature screening upon entry.
  • Vendors should register with Supply Chain after screening.
  • Vendors will be given a colored sticker to alert staff they have been screened. Please keep the sticker visible at all times while on Children’s Hospital’s campus.

Are you a contractor or part of construction crew?

  • Contractors and crew should enter/exit through the loading dock at the beginning of their shift.
  • Expect screening questions about your health and recent travel.
  • Expect a temperature screening upon entry.
  • Contractors and crew will be given a sticker to visibly wear throughout the day to let staff know they have been screened.

Are you a food delivery service?

  • Food delivery drivers will be stopped at a designated entrance and the staff member or family who ordered food should meet the delivery driver at the entrance.

Are you coming to pick up medical records from the Health Information Management (HIM) office?

  • (3/25) Medical Records (HIM) is not accepting in-person requests for medical records or other health information. If you need your child’s medical records, please complete the linked form. Return the completed, signed and dated form via fax, email or mail along with a copy of your photo ID.

    Fax: 865-541-8230

    Email: medrecords@etch.com

    Mail: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
    ATTN: Medical Records – Release of Information
    2018 Clinch Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37916

    If you have questions or cannot download the form, please call 865-541-8102.

Are you a physician or employee?

  • Physicians and employees are expected to have their ID badge to access and move throughout the hospital.
  • No medical staff member or employee with a fever of >100° will be allowed to work.

Are you a volunteer coming to work a volunteer shift?

  • Volunteers should bring your ID badge and check-in as normal.
  • Volunteers who have a temperature >100°F should not work.

Are you coming for a job interview or pre-employment process?

  • Interviewees and new employees should enter through the Koppel Plaza entrance
  • Interviewees and new employees should immediately report to Human Resources upon entering the building.
  • Expect screening questions about your health are recent travel upon entry.
  • If you are sick or have a temperature >100°F, you should call Human Resources at 865-541-8267 and reschedule your appointment.

Questions and Answers

If you have questions or are concerned about COVID-19, please refer to these resources from Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC:


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Resources

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For Teens (Para Adolescentes)

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