COVID-19: Patient & Visitor Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitor Policy

Update on elective procedures and testing: After receiving guidance from the U.S. Surgeon General and medical professional organizations, Houston Methodist has decided to suspend all elective, non-urgent cases and testing system-wide. Elective, non-urgent procedures and tests are defined as procedures and testing where there are no anticipated short- or long-term negative impacts. All elective, urgent surgeries, procedures and testing will continue for now. Click here for Elective Procedure and Testing FAQs.

New Visitation Policies Due to Coronavirus Outbreak 


To protect our patients, visitors, employees and physicians as COVID-19 continues to spread, Houston Methodist campuses will no longer permit visitors.


Compassionate exceptions will be made, for visitors over the age of 18, in situations including:


  • Maternity, postpartum and NICU patients: One healthy partner/parent
  • Disabled patients: One healthy visitor
  • Critical patients: One healthy visitor
  • End-of-life patients: Two healthy visitors at a time
  • Discharge patients: One healthy visitor to assist


If you are in the ER for COVID-19 evaluation or have tested positive for the virus, you will not be permitted visitors.


We encourage you to use electronic communication, such as a smartphone or video chat, in place of in-person visitation whenever possible. However, if you do feel an exception is needed, please speak to a staff member.

Additional Visitor Policy Information

Visitors must also be screened by answering questions and having your temperatures checked, and we will ask you to wear a wristband. 


Thank you for embracing these restrictions as a way we can protect everyone in our facilities and do our part to try to stop the spread of this disease. We appreciate all of you.

COVID-19 Hospital Entrance Information

Please visit the following campus web pages to see the most up-to-date information on hospital entrances:



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