Hospital, Nursing Home visitation rules change in light of COVID-19 concerns March 18, 2020 - 00:00 Posted in: COVID-19 AUSTIN – To protect vulnerable hospital patients from COVID-19, Texas Health and Human Services has issued updated, expanded guidance to hospitals that now includes granting access only to essential visitors such as medical professionals and authorized caregivers acting specifically on a patient’s behalf. “At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott and ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!