Infectious Disease

Our infectious disease policy is intended to protect all patients and family members. Please read carefully.


Guest Infectious Disease Guidance

No Admission to Gift of Life Howie’s House

I affirm that no members of my party (and no person that any members of my party regularly interact with such as members of their household, friends or coworkers) have been diagnosed with, or are suspected of having any of the following within the last 14 days:

  1. Chicken Pox and Shingles (aka Varicella)
  2. Norovirus, Measles and Rubella (German Measles)
  3. Head Lice
  4. Bed Bugs
  5. Whopping Cough (Pertussis)
  6. Influenza
  7. Mumps
  8. C. difficile, aka C diff, C diff colitis, pseudomembranous colitis
  9. Other Upper Respiratory Illness (Enterovirus and Coronavirus)
  10. Other Serious Infectious Illness

I understand that if at any time during my stay a member of my party (including visitors) is diagnosed with, or is suspected of having, any of the above-mentioned illnesses: (1) I will immediately notify the Howie’s House Manager on Duty; (2) the affected individual will check-out of the Howie’s House and seek appropriate treatment; (3) the remaining members of my party, if any, will practice social distancing until those individuals have been cleared by a physician; and (4) if any member of my party is diagnosed with one of these illnesses within 14 days of leaving the Howie’s House, I will notify the Howie’s House immediately.

Isolation at Gift of Life Howie’s House

A member or members of my party have been diagnosed with, or are suspected of having the following:

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Strep Throat
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Other Infectious Illness
  • None

I understand that if at any time during my stay a member of my party is diagnosed with, or is suspected of having, any of the above-mentioned illnesses: (1) I will immediately notify the Howie’s House Manager on Duty; and (2) the affected individual and all other members of my party will practice social distancing until a physician certifies, in writing, that the individual is no longer contagious.

Needle Usage

I understand that it is my responsibility to dispose of needles in an appropriate container and ensure that they are removed from the premises. I understand that needles and related medical treatment materials MAY NOT be disposed of in any trash receptacle at the Howie’s House. I understand that I am responsible if I, or a member of my party, improperly dispose of needles or related medical treatment materials at the Howie’s House.


To ensure the health of our community, we are working closely with our local transplant hospitals, Government, and State mandates, to determine protocols and guidelines for safely accepting new families into the Howie’s House. If we are unable to honor your request to stay, we can still work with you and our hotel partners to help you make plans for alternate accommodations.

To help you to determine if staying at the Howie’s House is a good fit for your family at this time, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines and restrictions. All current and future guests must adhere to these guidelines during their stay.  Any guest or family that is not able to abide by these standards will be asked to check-out.

  • No visitors are allowed at this time
  • Caregivers are limited to one (1) essential caregiver for adult patients, and up to two (2) for pediatric patients
  • It is mandatory that all guests wear face masks when in any common areas of the House. The only exception is when eating or drinking in the dining room
  • Social distancing is required at all times, and in all areas of the Howie’s House
  • Only one (1) guest or one (1) family is allowed in the elevator at a time
  • Daily temperature checks are required of all guests (including children who are outpatient)
  • A table is in the vestibule to help with ‘no contact’ deliveries
  • All guests will adhere to our Infectious Disease Guidelines

Additional steps the Howie’s House is taking to ensure guest and staff safety:

  • There are no group activities at this time
  • Buttons, door handles, etc. are sanitized every two (2) hours by staff
  • The Howie’s House is still guaranteeing a dinner every night from 6PM – 8PM with some changes:
    • The meal is now served ‘cafeteria style’ by a staff member
    • Staff will provide plates, bowls, cups, silverware, trays, and napkins when serving the meal
    • Tables are socially distanced
    • There are markings on the floor to ensure social distancing at all times during dinner service
    • High touch items, such as condiments and salt & pepper shakers, have been replaced with individual packs or portions of each item
    • Chairs are leaned against the table to indicate it is sanitized and open for use. Any table with a chair in its’ normal resting position means that table should not be used, and needs to be sanitized

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