RWJBarnabas Health changes visitor policy amid Omicron spike

Christmas Day is the last day many New Jersey residents will be able to visit loved ones in the hospital due to policy changes brought on by the Omicron variant.
RWJBarnabas Health, one of New Jersey's largest hospital systems, is changing it’s visitor policy, saying the safety and wellbeing of patients, visitors and staffs is their No. 1 priority.
That includes inpatient acute care, emergency departments, behavioral health and outpatient services.
There are exceptions, including at pediatric units, maternity and labor/delivery, neonatal intensive care, pediatric psychiatric and patients with disabilities.
Even in those areas, the number of visitors is restricted. There will be other exceptions on an individual basis.
No one under 18 is allowed inside at all.
The hospital system is encouraging family and friends use FaceTime or Zoom to interact.
Anyone who is approved to go inside must wear a mask and wash their hands before and after visiting.