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 limited visitor policy is being enforced. As part of these new guidelines, all patients and visitors to all hospitals will be briefly interviewed at the Samaritan Hospital entrance, including a touch-free temperature check. Individuals who have traveled to high-risk states within the last 14 days will not be allowed to visit. Visitors may only use the main entrance to access Burdett Birth Center.
Obstetric patients are allowed one support person and a doula. 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
Doulas are considered part of the care team and will be allowed in addition to a support person. They must provide credentials.
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.
Individuals with cold/flu respiratory symptoms should self-quarantine at home and NOT visit patients, 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.
(updated July 20, 2020)