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Keeping Our Staff and Families Safe and Healthy During COVID-19

Update as of August 2022

The health and safety of our staff and families remain our top priority.  To minimize the risks related to the spread of COVID-19, we follow the guidance of the NIH Hospital Epidemiology Service.

Regardless of vaccination status, The Children’s Inn at NIH requires all staff, patients, and their family members to wear a mask over their nose and mouth and maintain a physical distance of six feet. Families and staff must also complete a health screening before entering The Inn.

Preparing For Your Stay

  • The Inn requires all incoming family members above the age of five-years-old to undergo PCR testing for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Please note that rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are not accepted.  
  • For pre-visit testing, families must work with their medical team to find a community or drive-through test site.
  • Families must provide their medical team with a copy of their test results.  The medical team will then notify The Inn upon receipt.
  • If no test results are provided, the family will not be allowed to stay at The Children’s Inn.

Arrival at The Inn

  • If a Patient/Caregiver Tested Positive for COVID-19 Within the Last 90 Days 
    • All incoming patients and their caregivers who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of their check-in date will not be required to complete pre-arrival testing or saliva testing upon their arrival.
    • If a patient/caregiver meets the 90-day window criteria, their medical team must provide The Children’s Inn with documentation that confirms both the positive result and the date of the result
    • Any patient/caregiver who did not test positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days will need to follow The Inn’s testing guidelines, which involves obtaining a PCR test 72 hours before arrival at The Children’s Inn. They will also be required to complete a saliva test upon arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the test results.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all family members above the age of five-years-old who have not tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days are required to take a COVID-19 saliva test and self-isolate in their room. 
  • Self-isolation can last up to 48-72 hours depending on the return of test results. 

During Your Stay

  • Only patients and caregivers with a reservation can enter The Inn.
  • No outside visitors are allowed at this time.
  • Pediatric patients age 18 and under are permitted to have two adult caregivers.
  • Young adult patients age 19 to 30 are permitted to have one adult caregiver.
  • Families should not leave the NIH campus during their stay. Doing so increases the risk of exposure and will jeopardize the family’s ability to remain at The Inn.
  • Families may leave The Inn to attend medical appointments at the Clinical Center.

Our Safety Approach

  • Our primary goal is to keep you safe and healthy while ensuring the smooth continuity of our daily operations. As we continue to monitor the developments brought upon by COVID-19, we have implemented the following:
    • We promote mask-wearing, social distancing, and proper hand-washing.
    • Hand sanitizer disinfecting wipes are readily available throughout The Inn.
    • Our housekeeping service follows enhanced cleanliness and safety protocols. 
    • Out of abundance of caution, some community spaces and programs are currently closed and/or are operating with reduced capacities. Please check with our programming and resident services teams.
    • We continue to provide distance-learning opportunities to minimize the risk of close personal interactions.
    • To check on our families’ well-being and needs, our staff does a weekly check-in.
    • With your health in mind, we have re-envisioned our meal services. We currently provide individually packaged and catered meals. 

If a Patient/Caregiver Tested Positive for COVID-19 Within the Last 90 Days 

All incoming patients and their caregivers who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of their check-in date will not be required to complete pre-arrival testing or saliva testing upon their arrival.

Patients/caregivers who meet the 90-day window criteria, must provide The Children’s Inn with documentation from their medical team that confirms both the positive result and the date of the result

Any patient/caregiver who did not test positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days will need to follow The Inn’s testing guidelines, which involves obtaining a PCR test 72 hours before arrival at The Children’s Inn. They will also be required to complete a saliva test upon arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the test results.

Documentation of positive results

If a family was symptomatic you must provide (either): 

·         PCR test results 

·         Rapid home antigen test results that are documented by a healthcare provider, including the medical NIH team, or department of health

If a family was asymptomatic you must provide:

·         PCR test results. This is the only acceptable documentation 

Health Screening 

·        The Inn will continue to screen families on arrival and manage those with symptoms appropriately.

  • You would not be allowed to return to The Inn until your test results are confirmed and you are cleared to return by your medical team.
  • Patients may be kept inpatient for self-isolation.
  • If a patient under the age of 18 and their caregiver tested positive, the family must work with their medical team for alternate housing accommodations.

Regardless of vaccination status, we strongly discourage families from leaving campus for trips into the community due to the risk of exposure. If a family member leaves campus for a non-medical purpose, such as dining out, it will result in needing to self-isolate in their room and then completing a COVID-19 saliva test five days after returning to The Children’s Inn. Leaving campus will jeopardize the family’s ability to continue staying at The Inn.
 
For the carefully planned, off-campus trips arranged by Inn staff, we work in coordination with the medical teams. We use the NIH’s shuttle to lessen the risk of our families coming into contact with someone outside of their pods. We also monitor physical distancing measures. Most importantly, two Inn staff members attend and supervise off-campus excursions to ensure safety and health procedures are being followed.

  • The Inn requires all incoming family members above the age of five-years-old to undergo PCR testing for COVID-19 within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Please note that rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are not accepted.  
  • For pre-visit testing, families must work with their medical team to find a community or drive-through test site.
  • Families must provide their medical team with a copy of their test results.  The medical team will then notify The Inn upon receipt.
  • If no test results are provided, the family will not be allowed to stay at The Children’s Inn.

If you have any additional questions, please email us. Thank you for your continued collaboration in keeping all of our families safe.