UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – On Monday, July 12, 2021, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) visitor policy will change based on guidance from the NYS Department of Health and feedback from MVHS staff members and visitors. The updated visitor policy can be found at mvhealthsystem.org/visitation and includes the following changes:
- Visiting hours remain the same for inpatient hospital units – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
- Patients can have two visitors at a time during the designated visitation hours. However, the restriction that ONLY two people could visit during the two-hour visitation period is no longer in effect.This means visitors can swap out within the two-hour visitation period as long as there are only two in the room at any one time.
- Pediatric patients may have two designated support persons with them at all times.
- Patients in imminent end-of-life situations may have two designated support persons with them.
- Visitation has not been expanded for patients with COVID-19, except in special circumstances.
- All visitors must be at least 12-years-old.
In other areas, changes have been made as follows:
- ED 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. The NYSDOH guidance does not allow for support people to 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).
All other visitor guidelines remain in place and can be found by visiting mvhealthsystem.org/visitation.