Update June 2, 2021
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, and colleagues remains a top priority at St. Peter’s Health Partners. All of our patient care facilities are enforcing a limited visitation policy to allow the support and companionship of visitors while still taking proper precautions against COVID-19. Maternity patients are allowed two support persons. If you have a doula, they will count as one of your support persons. Support people must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Meet screening guidelines (e.g., no fever, no symptoms, no pending COVID-19 test, no recent exposure)
- Be masked at all times while on hospital grounds, regardless of vaccination status.
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 June 2, 2021)