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Visitation Guidelines – Updated July 28, 2021
In alignment with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Emergency Temporary Standards (OSHA ETS), SLH has taken precautions to protect and maintain the health and safety of patients and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak to prevent the introduction of this infection into the hospitals. Visitation within hospitals has been modified, given the risk of COVID-19 in the healthcare setting.
Regular hospital visitation hours shall resume at all SLH hospitals. Certain exceptions still apply to specific units within the hospitals.
All Visitors and Support Persons, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status, will be required to complete a health screening (questions and temperature check), wear a face mask at all times, clean their hands with soap/water/hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving a patient room, and practice social distancing throughout the visitation.
Visitor and Support Persons Guidance
SLH hospitals will resume pre-pandemic visiting hours for most patients.
Restrictions on visitation remain in effect for the below patient categories. Exceptions may be made for Support Persons for pediatric patients, Labor and Delivery, patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), cognitive impairments including dementia and end-of-life situations, and other patients who have the right to be accompanied by a Support Person.
- Emergency Room patients
- COVID-19 positive patients
- Patients awaiting COVID-19 test results
- Cancer infusion center patients
- Inpatient behavioral health (chemical dependency and mental health) patients
Hospital staff must record the name and contact information for Support Persons and Visitors of hospitalized patients, the date(s) of their visits, and the name of the patient(s) visited.
Hospital visitation duration and number of Visitors will be limited at the hospital’s discretion based on circumstances. A hospital may suspend visitation at any time when warranted. Recommended hours of visitation will ultimately be determined by the hospital.
Hospitals may have further restrictions on age requirements for specific units/departments (example: OB Unit Visitors must be at least 12 years of age).