Visitors welcome under Level 1 guidelines

Published 02/19/2021

South County Hospital, along with other hospital systems across the state, has moved to Level 1 Visitation for admitted inpatients.

As of Friday, February 19, visitors are welcome during normal lobby hours – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To ensure that social distancing will be observed within patient rooms, no more than two (2) visitors per patient will be allowed.

Level 1 Visitation DOES NOT apply to outpatient areas (including diagnostic imaging, physician practices, labs, etc.) to protect vulnerable populations.

If a patient requires someone to accompany him/her to an outpatient appointment due to physical or cognitive limitations, the Administrator on Call must give the approval.

COVID Screening

South County Hospital will continue to adhere to strict screening and social distancing guidelines, as well as cleaning of elevators, common areas, etc. to protect our patients, staff and visitors from the risk of spreading COVID-19 and any of its variants.

Everyone entering South County Hospital will be screened (including temperature checks) for COVID-19 and COVID-like symptoms.

Visitors under the age of 18 and those who have any of the following symptoms will not be allowed into South County Hospital inpatient areas:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

South County Hospital requires that everyone:

  • wears a mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth
  • practices social distancing (remain 6 feet from others)
  • cleans hands when entering or exiting patient care areas

Women & Newborn Care Unit (WNCU)

Expectant mothers and their birthing partner should discuss exceptions with their providers and WNCU staff.


To protect our patients and staff from the potential spread of COVID-19, we ask that visitors remain in the patient's room during the visit. Once the visit is over, please do not enter other areas of the hospital, and exit through the main lobby.

NOTE: Individuals who have serious underlying health conditions, although not strictly prohibited from visiting, may want to consider visiting via telephone, video chat, or other means.