Learn how it's Safe@Inova

Get the facts on how we're ensuring safety at our locations, our PPE safety requirements, and more, so you know it's safe to receive the care you need—as well as safe for us to continue delivering your care. Whether your visit is for routine care, emergency care, or COVID-19 care, you have a nationally recognized leader in safety, ready for you. See temporary restricted visitation policy and COVID-19 vaccine update.

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In order to best protect our patients and the community, we want to make you aware of important steps that we are taking to protect your child from COVID-19 and other illness. These steps are following the recommendations of the CDC.

Special limitations on visitors to Inova Children’s Hospital:

  • Parents/legal guardians are not considered visitors. We understand the critical role you play in your child’s health.
  • We welcome and encourage parents and guardians to stay overnight with their children.
  • Some units may have additional restrictions. Your care team will communicate these.
  • Additional visitors will not be allowed at this time.

If you are sick, have recently traveled to a high-risk area, or have been in direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, stay home.

  • If you have a fever or cough, stay home at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of anti-fever medication.
  • If you have recently returned from a CDC designated high-risk area, have recently been on a cruise, or have come in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please talk to your child’s nurse prior to visiting.
  • If you come in contact with anyone that is sick, especially other children at home. Please let your nurse or doctor know, so we can determine if any there are any additional precautions that might be recommended.

Wash your hands and use the waterless hand gel A LOT!

  • Handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Use the waterless hand gel before you enter your child’s room AND after you leave.
  • Use the waterless hand gel before AND after touching your child or anything in the child’s immediate environment. Remind anyone in contact with your child to ‘gel’ their hands as well.
  • If you touch your face, nose, or hair, you should apply gel again to your hands before touching anything else.

If you have further questions, please talk to your child’s doctor or nurse.