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Hospitals announce limitations on visitors

Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, some Boston hospitals are announcing restrictions on visitors, including a complete ban on visitors to at least one hospital.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced Saturday it will limit patients to one “healthy” visitor per day.

In a statement, the hospital said it would screen visitors and acknowledged that the process “may cause delays in entering the hospital.”

Brigham and Women’s will also not allow visitors under 18 years old, according to the website.

According to the hospital’s website, visitors will be screened for “travel history, exposure to COVID-19, and respiratory tract symptoms, including fever and/or cough."


The hospital said the policy will go into effect immediately.

Massachusetts General Hospital tweeted that it had adopted a similar policy Friday. Some exceptions may be made for end-of-life care, pediatrics, and other departments, the hospital said.

Boston Children’s Hospital will be instituting limits of “two adult caregivers” per day on Monday, according to Erin Tornatore, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Visitors under 18, including siblings of patients, will also be denied, she said.

On its website Friday, Tufts Medical Center announced that no visitors would be allowed for adult patients. Pediatric patients can have one immediate family member visit.

Beth Israel Deaconess also updated its policy Friday, announcing that visitors would be restricted to one “essential escort” screened by doctors to visit in outpatient areas.

On Wednesday, Boston Medical Center and UMass Medical Center in Worcester announced that patients would only be allowed one visitor.

Lucas Phillips can be reached at lucas.phillips@globe.com.