ROME, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — On March 11th the New York State Department of Health released a Guidance addressing Coronavirus exposure prevention at nursing homes. All nursing homes must consider temporarily modifying visitation hours to minimize the possibility of transmission.
Rome Memorial Hospital is prohibiting visitation at all nursing homes, with limited exceptions.
“We recognize that the state mandate will be difficult for our residents who look forward to seeing their friends and family. However, public health officials feel these measures are essential to protect our residents now that the virus is spreading within the state and country.” – Rome Memorial Hospital Residential Health Care Facility Administrator Anthony Joseph.
All staff who enter the Residential Health Care Facility are required to wear surgical masks while on the third floor. In limited cases, visitors that are permitted to enter the building must also wear the appropriate medical gear.
The hospital has also created visitor restrictions for the acute care units. Visitors must be at least 14 years of age, they can only enter one at a time, and visits cannot exceed 2 hours. The Maternity Department is also restricting visitors to one significant other or a birthing coach.
“We are asking for everyone’s cooperation and understanding of the increased need for visitor restrictions. . . If you are ill, please don’t visit our patients and put them or our staff at risk. The most important thing people can do to slow the spread of any contagious disease is stay home when you’re sick.” – Director of Infection Prevention Emma Ingalls, RN