Infectious Disease Specialty Unit             

A specially-designed unit has been designated for infectious diseases at Willis-Knighton Medical Center. The Infectious Disease Specialty Unit offers a carefully controlled environment with expert care from a team that specializes in this unique type of care. Restrictions and precautions in this self-contained unit isolate these patients from other areas of the hospital. 

Entrance Points

Entrance points at our hospitals are limited to control the flow of traffic and help assure that everyone is screened upon arrival. You may call the campus you plan to visit for available entrance points.


Masks are required while moving about the hospitals. Visitors may remove their masks in patient rooms if the patient agrees.  Otherwise, visitors (and staff) must continue to wear masks.  


Visitor Policy Update – Updated May 24

Willis-Knighton allows two visitors per patient (except COVID patients). This includes pediatric patients as well as Labor & Delivery.

We know this is a difficult time to have a loved one in the hospital with these restrictions. We are doing as much as we can to help patients stay in touch, even those who may not have cell phone access. The health system has provided nursing supervisors with health system cell phones for use with patients who do not have their own. We think it’s important to stay in touch, if only through a phone call.

Please review our current visitor policy. We know there may be concerns and complaints about this policy, but the action we are taking is designed to protect your loved ones and the members of our WK family too. It’s a tough time for all of us. We ask for your understanding and for your patience.


The general policy in effect today is two visitors at a time for each patient. Exceptions may be made by administrative staff for specific issues, such as end of life, pre- and post-operative conversations, cognitive impairment and similar concerns. Visitors must be age 18 or older.

All visitors must wear a mask at all times. Do not wait in waiting areas. Visitors may come and go during the day and switch places with other visitors, as long as the “two visitor” limit is not exceeded.  Every visitor should remain in the patient room unless accessing the cafeteria or vending area. Visitors are not to walk or wander in the buildings. Limit contact with others.

The health system will continue to restrict points of entry at all facilities but will no longer screen visitors for COVID-19 symptoms. Visitors may call for a list of available entrance points before arriving on campus.

There may be rare circumstances when an exception is made, but these must be approved by an administrator or nursing house supervisor only. If staff encounter excess visitors, they are asked to courteously explain the policy and request excess visitors to leave.


Children in the hospital may have two visitors at a time.


A mother in active labor may have two visitors. No other visitors are permitted on the labor and delivery units.


A visitor (age 18 or older) may spend the night with a patient.


No visitors are permitted.  Exceptions will be made for end of life, when only two are permitted.


Members of the clergy are not included in a patient’s visitor count. Like other visitors, they must wear a mask at all times.  They are permitted to don personal protective equipment to provide last rites or spiritual support in end-of-life situations.


For patients undergoing an outpatient procedure, two visitors are permitted, and must be age 12 or older and wear a mask at all times.

Emergency patients are permitted one visitor/person accompanying them.


  • Keep in touch using electronic communications. If your loved one does not have a telephone, the nursing supervisor can provide one to assure daily contact.
  • Respect the caregivers on the floors who are working long hours and giving up their time at home with their families to care for your loved one.
  • Send cards or letters to your loved one. They will be delivered, and it will brighten your loved one’s day.
  • Pray for your loved one and for the workers who are providing care and those supporting them.

We will all get through this together – cooperation is critical!


All campus activities involving the public are cancelled until further notice.

We appreciate your cooperation and regret any inconvenience this may cause.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus again when the threat of this virus has passed.

Waiting Areas

We’ve blocked off seating in our waiting areas to support social distancing.

Hand Sanitizer & Soap Dispensers

Hand sanitizer is found throughout our hospitals, in patient rooms, by elevators, in hallways, in staff break rooms. 


Cafeterias in our hospitals are not yet open to the general public.

Many chairs have been removed to encourage social distancing.

Many food items are wrapped or packaged individually.

Self-service for prepared food items has been discontinued.

Virtual Consultations with Specialists

Our hospitals offer telehealth consultations with specialists when required, further limiting traffic in the hospital.

Hospital Office Buildings

Visitors to hospital office buildings must wear a mask at all times.

Social distancing is encouraged.

Phase 3 COVID Reopening Update for WK
Updated September 11, 2020

Although Louisiana has been moved to Phase 3 of coronavirus reopening, there will be no changes in the visitor policies at WK facilities. The safety of our patients and our employees is our priority. COVID-19 remains a significant public health threat in our community. We will not adjust visitor policies, facility access restrictions, or screening until the risk of infection has been significantly reduced. We urge everyone to do their part in protecting themselves, their families and their loved ones from the virus. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on delivering quality healthcare services to our patients while continuing our emphasis on safety and cleanliness. Whenever you need us, you can be confident and come on back to better health at Willis-Knighton.