UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System will reopen inpatient visitation at its facilities starting March 17.
With COVID-19 cases going down and the number of vaccinations going up, MVHS made the decision to loosen restrictions on hospital visits Friday.
“As more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine and with the continued decline of COVID patients in our hospitals and those testing positive in our region, we felt comfortable opening up visiting hours for our patients and their families,” said President and CEO Darlene Stromstad.
MVHS suspended inpatient visits in November, during a time when coronavirus cases were increasing around the region.
“Restricting visitation these past few months was critical to keeping our staff and patients safe. However, we are so pleased that our numbers are now in a place where we can welcome back the friends and families of our patients – we know how hard it has been on them not to be able to see each other during this vulnerable time,” said Stromstad.
The new visiting hour guidelines are below:
- For hospitalized patients: Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week. Only one visitor will be allowed in each visitation period. Visitors will be screened, have to wear a mask, social distance and stay in the patient’s room. The check-in process will also be streamlined to avoid large lines of visitors waiting to get in.
For outpatient diagnostic and procedural patients
- : One support person may go with a patient through the registration process, but then they will be asked to either go to their vehicle or wait in a designated area if it's is not crowded and everyone can practice social distancing. These rules also apply at Surgical Safe Path and medical practices.
- Exceptions will be made for partners of pregnant women, who will be allowed to go to ultrasounds and join a patient at the OB Clinic. Individuals requiring physical assistance can also have a support person.
- For maternity patients: Visitation remains the same, with one support person allowed with the mother throughout her stay. However, it must be the same person for the duration.
The New York State Department of Health has also designated execptions for pediatric patients; patients for whom a support person has been determined to be medically necessary to the care of the patient, including patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia; and patients in immediate end-of-life situations.