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Temporary Visitor Restrictions

University of Mississippi Medical Center Visitor Policy in response to COVID-19: Updated April 11, 2022.

Adult Visitation Policy

April 2022 UMMC Jackson Hospitals, Clinics, & Procedural Areas Visitation  

Inpatients – Adult  

During the visiting hours of 7am-7pm weekdays and 10am-7pm weekends and holidays, patients in UMMC’s adult hospitals may have two visitors per day.The two visitors may visit at the same time. Only one visitor is allowed to stay overnight. Visitors may leave and come back during the hours the hospital entrances are open. No visitors can enter after 7pm.Patients may have up to a total of 4 approved visitors. 

Critical Care – Adult

During the visiting hours of 10am-5pm daily, patients may have two visitors per day. The two visitors may visit at the same time. Visitors must remain in the patient's room, except for necessities, such as going to the cafeteria or gift shop. No visitors can enter after 5pm.Critical care patients may have up to a total of 4 approved visitors. 

Patients on Palliative Service, Nearing End of Life, or on Comfort Care 

Spouse/partner, children, parents, siblings, and those closest to the patient may visit as directed by the multidisciplinary clinical care team. 

Emergency Department (ED) Patients – Adult  

One visitor may come with the patient.In times of increased volumes, we may ask ED visitors to wait to enter the hospital until the patient is placed in an ED room.  

Surgery and Procedures – Adult  

Two visitors may accompany the patient and stay in the waiting area. 

Obstetrical Patients – Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants 

Two visitors may accompany the patient for labor and delivery 24 hours a day. Once the patient is transferred from labor and delivery to the inpatient unit, inpatient adult visitation rules apply with only one approved visitor for overnight stay.

Ambulatory Clinics or Other Outpatient Areas – Adult 

One visitor may accompany the patient.  

Ambulatory Obstetrical Clinics (Including the Wiser Hospital and Fetal Center)

One adult visitor may accompany the patient. The patient’s newborn is also allowed to accompany the patient. No other children are allowed to accompany the patient during the clinic visit 

Children’s of Mississippi – Jackson Campus 

Read Children's of Mississippi policy here.

Visitors entering a hospital facility, including for an appointment at a hospital-based clinic or procedural unit, must use one of four available entrances where they will receive a COVID-19 screening: 

  • The front entrance of University Hospital (under the overhang facing State Street near Garage A) 
  • The front entrance of Children’s of Mississippi-Sanderson Tower (under the overhang facing Woodrow Wilson near Garage C) 
  • The side entrance to Wiser Hospital for Women and Children (under the overhang facing Garage B) 
  • The front entrance to University Physicians Pavilion (COVID-19 screening done at clinic check in desk, not a front door.) 

Visitor compliance with health safety precautions is required: 

  • Frequent hand washing  
  • Social distancing  
  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth  
  • Provide truthful responses to screening questions  
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of illness. 

Children 12 and older are approved short periods of supervised visitation in both inpatient and critical care areas. Exceptions for younger children for end of life or special circumstances may be made under the direction of the clinical care team. Children must be supervised by the adult visitor at all times.  

Spiritual advisors/clergy requested by the patient are allowed and do not count as visitors. 

Visitors should not bring large groups to the hospital. Non-authorized persons are not permitted to congregate on UMMC grounds outside of the hospital.  

Armbands are provided to identify approved visitors at the point of entry and must be visibly worn at all times. 

Masks and frequent handwashing are required to protect our patients, employees, students and visitors from the spread of germs and viruses. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment. 


Children's Visitation Policy

December 2021 Children’s of Mississippi Jackson Campus and Clinics Visitation

Inpatients and Critical Care - Children’s of Mississippi:

Four adult caregivers, including legal guardians, may be designated as approved visitors. Only two visitors are allowed in at a time.

Hospital visiting hours:

  • Monday-Friday 5:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday- Sunday and Holidays 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ambulatory clinics, PED, and procedural areas – Children’s of Mississippi:

  • Two adult caregivers may accompany the patient. 

Wiser Hospital Fetal Center: 

  • One adult visitor may accompany the patient. 

Visitor compliance with safety precautions is required:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Social distancing
  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth
  • Provide truthful responses to screening questions
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of illness

Children 12 and older are approved short periods of supervised visitation in both inpatient and critical care areas. Exceptions for younger children for end of life or special circumstances may be made under the direction of the clinical care team. Children must be supervised by the adult visitor at all times.

Spiritual advisors/clergy requested by the patient are allowed and do not count as visitors.

Armbands are provided to identify approved visitors at the point of entry and must be visibly worn at all times.

Masks and frequent handwashing are required to protect our patients, employees, students and visitors from the spread of germs and viruses.