Oswego Health welcomes visitors back into our hospital and emergency department effective May 19, 2021.
In coordination with the visitation guidance issued by the New York State Department of Health, we will adhere to the following policies and practices to further protect our staff, patients, and the safety of others:
- Each patient can have up to TWO designated visitors, however, only one visitor is permitted at a time. This applies to all inpatient units throughout the hospital. The patient must identify their two visitors at the time of registration. End of life visitation will be handled on a case-by-case basis to allow the family to spend as much time as possible with their loved one.
- General visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- All visitors must be over the age of 18
- Visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks upon entering the facility. In addition, visitors will be required to provide their address and phone number at the time of screening for proper contact tracing if needed.
- Once in the facility, visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout the entire visit.
- Visitors are not permitted in the Oswego Hospital cafeteria.
- Visitors must always wear face coverings and practice proper hand hygiene throughout their stay
- Labor and Delivery – One support person may accompany the patient throughout labor, delivery, and the postpartum period. The designated support person must undergo all necessary screening and will be subject to COVID-19 testing upon arrival to the unit or before if scheduled for a procedure. One other visitor will be allowed and should be designated on admission by the patient. This visitor will be allowed from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.
- Emergency department – Each patient can have one visitor. We also ask that visitors do not wait in the waiting room as we are limited in space due to necessary social distancing. There are no restrictions to visiting hours as we see patients 24/7. It is imperative that the visitor remain in the patient’s room throughout the entire visit and not wander the hallways as this can interrupt the safety and care of other patients in the emergency department.
- Same-day Surgery – One support person may accompany the patient to the Surgery Center and wait at the patient’s bedside until the procedure begins. We are then asking that the support person return to their vehicle or wait at home until the patient is discharged. It is also important to note that Oswego Health will remain testing every patient undergoing elective surgery at our facility for COVID-19, even if they are asymptomatic and have had the COVID-19 vaccine.