CAN I VISIT MY LOVED ONES IN THE HOSPITAL, OR GO FORWARD WITH MY ELECTIVE SURGERY?
As of June 17th, hospitals have been given discretion to allow visitation at their facilities if they choose to do so. Hospitals allowing visitation must require visitors to wear PPE during their visit and be subject to temperature checks or other COVID-19 screenings. Hospitals may also limit the number of visitors in the facility at one time. Please contact the hospital in question to inquire about their specific visitation policy.
If the patient in question has been confirmed to have COVID or suspected to have it, their support people should be individuals who have been in close contact with them recently (such as fellow household members). Hospitals will be posting signage in visible locations explaining these requirements. They will also be explaining these requirements to patients as early as possible, preferably before the patient arrives at the hospital.
Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers can resume elective surgeries if they meet the following conditions:
- The hospital has capacity equal to or greater than 25% of the entire county’s population
- The hospital has received less than 10 COVID admissions over the past 10 days
- The patients having elective surgeries test negative for COVID-19.
If a hospital’s capacity falls below 25% of the county’s population or if a hospital sees 10 or more COVID admissions over a 10 day period, it must stop elective surgeries, even if they had been allowed previously. Additionally, NYS may order certain cities, counties, or regions to stop elective surgeries if COVID conditions warrant. Hospitals may also voluntarily stop elective surgeries if they feel that hospital bed capacity is becoming scarce.