MVHS updating some visitation guidelines

Keith Hunt // WKTV

Mohawk Valley Health System is updating its visitation policies based on further guidance from the state department of health and feedback from staff and visitors.

Posted: Jul 9, 2021 4:46 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System is updating its visitation policies based on further guidance from the state department of health and feedback from staff and visitors.

Visiting hours are still 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, but the following changes will be effective starting Monday, July 12:

  • Patients can have two visitors at a time, but they don’t have to be the same two people all day long as it was previously. People can swamp out during the visit as long as no more than two visitors are in the room.
  • Pediatric patients may have two designated support people with them at all times.
  • Patients in imminent end-of-life situations may have two designated support people with them.
  • All visitors must be at least 12 years old.

Visitation has not been expanded for patients with COVID-19, except in special circumstances at the discretion of the hospital.

The changes below have also been made:

  • Emergency Department patients may have two support people with them.
  • A support person can bring surgical patients or those undergoing procedures to the Safe Path entrances at each campus, then they may wait in a designated waiting area.
    • Support people cannot accompany patients to the surgical/procedural areas except for the state-required exceptions (e.g., pediatric patients and patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments).

For more information on the MVHS visitation policies, click here.

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