As local health care agencies respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our communities, Burdett Birth Center is strengthening visitation guidelines effective immediately (updated March 26, 2020).
At present, a NO VISITORS policy is being enforced, with limited exceptions, noted below. As part of these new guidelines, all patients and visitors to all hospitals will be briefly interviewed at the Samaritan Hospital entrance. Visitors may only use the main entrance to access Burdett Birth Center.
Visitors will not be permitted to enter if they say they have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms, have had close contact with an individual suspected of having or has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, have traveled to areas with outbreaks in the past 14 days. If non-patient visitors answer “yes” to any of those questions, they will not be permitted to enter. Patients with respiratory symptoms will be masked.
No guest will be allowed entry to visit a patient who has a pending or positive COVID-19 test. All permitted visitors will be greeted upon entry to all facilities and may be turned away based on the concerns of securing patient and staff safety. While some exceptions will be allowed, no visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted entry to the facility.
Obstetric patients are allowed one support person at a time. They must be:
- 18 or older
- Either an immediate family member, power of attorney, guardian, or patient representative
- Healthy with no symptoms, including respiratory or fever
In those instances where an exception for visitation is granted, ONE UNIQUE VISITOR must be identified. This one visitor will be the ONLY VISITOR allowed visitation privileges for the duration of the patient’s stay. In the event that ONE UNIQUE VISITOR becomes ill and cannot enter the facility, another individual may be identified and serve as the ONE UNIQUE VISITOR.
Please note: At this time, a doula is considered a visitor and not part of the care team.
Policy Update Effective 3/26/20:
Given the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Greater NYC area, effective immediately, any individuals presenting for patient care at a St. Peter’s Health Partners facility or Burdett Birth Center from this affected area will be considered a patient under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. This includes the five boroughs of NYC, Long Island counties, and the counties of Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester.
NO VISITORS from these areas will be permitted to enter SPHP facilities, even if they meet exemption guidelines. This includes the support individuals that accompany an expectant mother for labor and delivery. Screeners will be asking for county of residency and confirming with driver license zip code.
Individuals with cold/flu respiratory symptoms should self-quarantine at home and NOT visit patients/residents, or travel in public, until they are completely recovered. Respiratory viruses can cause more serious illness in hospitalized patients, so visitors (including vendors for SPHP) will be asked to return home until they are completely recovered. Individuals should only be coming to the hospital with respiratory symptoms if they are in need of urgent medical care.
We understand this is a constantly evolving situation and a source of great anxiety for many of our patients, colleagues, and community members. That is why we are working side-by-side with our regional hospitals and health systems to ensure that all colleagues and resources are in place, ready to protect our community. As part of our ongoing efforts, we are continuing to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and other local health departments to actively monitor and respond to this extremely fluid situation.