Beginning in mid-August, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital all changed their visitor policies due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases in the community.

At Beaufort Memorial, visitors will not be permitted in the hospital, except under the following specific circumstances:

• Emergency Room: One parent per minor child (under age 18).

• Labor and Delivery: One designated visitor per patient.

• Pediatric Unit: One designated visitor per patient.

• Acute Inpatient Rehab Unit: One designated visitor per patient for discharge planning.

Patients requiring assistance and end-of-life care will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Online Check-In for the Emergency Center is suspended. Patients who need emergency care should call 9-1-1 or proceed immediately to the nearest ER.

All hospital and outpatient clinic waiting rooms will be closed to visitors. Caregivers will be asked to wait in their cars pending notification that the patient is ready to leave.

At Hilton Head and Coastal Carolina, the no-visitor policy has been reinstated. Visitors will not be allowed into the facilities, with limited exceptions.

One visitor will be allowed, with review and approval by clinical leadership, for the following: Obstetrics patients; Patients who are critically ill or at the end of life; Minor patients under the age of 18; Patients who need a healthcare decision maker, or visitor to help in communication or mobility.

Patients can use their personal device for virtual visits and phone calls. Patients can also elect to have family and friends receive updates from their care team.

For more information, contact the hospitals directly.