Coronavirus Update: Visitor Guidelines
Friday, June 26, 2020
Are you planning to visit a loved one at Ellis Hospital? If so, please take a moment to review our latest visitor restrictions and guidelines, which do change on a fairly regular basis based on guidance and regulations from the CDC and state Department of Health.
Please note that we’ve had many visitors lining up on the bridge from our Nott Street parking garage into the hospital prior to our 4 p.m. start of visiting hours. In order to promote social distancing, we are now asking visitors who come prior to 4 p.m. to wait in their cars until visiting hours open at 4 p.m.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we put in new safety measures to limit the spread of the virus—and protect our patients, staff, and you!
Editors Note (6/26/20): Following Gov. Cuomo’s and the Department of Health's announcement to activate a travel advisory, we have amended our visitor restrictions and guidelines as stated below. We recommend you check this site regularly for the most up-to-date information.
On June 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that NY, NJ and CT have activated a travel advisory that mandates a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming from a state with significantly increased positive transmission rates. Visitors who have traveled from these states in the past 14 days, will not be permitted to enter our facilities. Currently this applies to Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Updated information on states from which individuals must quarantine can be found here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
This travel advisory does not apply to individuals passing through one of the designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours). All other visitor restrictions and exceptions will remain in place at Ellis Hospital, McClellan Street Health Center, Medical Center of Clifton Park, and Bellevue Woman's Center during all other hours, including restrictions and compassionate exceptions for end of life, and COVID patients.
Currently all patients are all allowed 1 visitor between the hours of 4 PM and 8 PM, seven days a week.
The Emergency Department and emergent services patients will be allowed 1 visitor 24 hours a day.
There will be no overnight stays, again unless they meet the exceptions below. NO visitor will be allowed entry to visit a patient who has a pending or positive COVID-19 test, and no visitors under the age of 16 will be permitted entry to the facility.
Discharged inpatients may have one person meet them in the discharge lounge to review discharge instructions prior to leaving the hospital. Discharged ED patients may have one person meet them in the ED waiting room to review discharge instructions. There will be no visitors permitted in a Covid-19 designated unit, unless authorized by CMO/CNO directly, or unless explicitly stated in compassion provision.
There are exceptions for certain patients that include:
- Obstetric patients at Bellevue and the Emergency Department may have one support person at a time.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
- Non- COVID-19 patients who are the end-of-life, may have two support persons allowed to visit at the same time as long as they are wearing the required PPE.
- COVID-19 patients who are at the end-of-life, may have two designated visitors; one visitor at the bedside and a backup visitor to alternate with.
- Patients with disruptive behavior, in which a family member is key to their care, may have one visitor.
- Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one visitor- staff members from group homes are considered an extension of the healthcare team and not a visitor; their presence may fulfill the role of meeting the patient's extended care needs.
- Minors under age 18 may have two designated visitors, parents, or guardians, but only one visitor is allowed at a time.
- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery.
- Patients who have an outpatient/office appointment at any Ellis Medicine facility, which includes outpatient offices, radiation therapy, neuro, wound care, infusion, laboratory, or radiology, may have one person with them.
Please note that all visitor restrictions still remain in place in our nursing home.
Visitors should be aware that they will be screened at entrance doors and will be required to wear a mask, with additional PPE based on the patient population they are visiting.
Visitor(s) of a patient that meets an exception will be allowed inside the Hospital, Emergency Department, Emergent Care or Urgent Care per the above criteria and will be restricted to the patient’s room. Once a visitor leaves a patient’s room, they must leave the hospital, emergent care, or urgent care facility.
All non-employed healthcare workers providing a service to Ellis Medicine will be screened and have their temperature taken upon entry to the facility, and will be screened a second time during their visit.
Additionally, we have limited the number of entrances at our facilities. Please use the following entrances to access the facility. All visitors will be screened prior to entering certain areas.
Ellis Hospital- 1101 Nott Street
Nott Street Garage Entrance- Please use the Nott Street garage for parking and enter the hospital through the main level of the Nott Street Garage.
Rosa Road Garage Entrance- Please use the Rosa Road garage for parking and enter the hospital through the emergency department main entrance.
Rosa Road Graham Lot- This parking lot entrance is closed to the public but can still be access for our Ellis Works and Radiation Oncology patients.
Medical Arts Building 1201 Nott Street- Please use the main entrance to the medical arts building or the entrance in the basement of the Nott Street parking garage.
McClellan Street Health Center- 600 McClellan Street
Please use the main entrance and park in the S parking lot across from the main entrance circle. All surgical center patients need to use the main entrance to the facility.
Cushing Building 624 McClellan Street- Please use the main entrance to the Cushing building.
Bellevue Women’s Center- 2210 Troy Schenectady Road
Please use the main entrance to the facility, all Breast Care Center patients will continue to use the Breast Care Main Entrance.
Ellis Residential & Rehabilitation Center, under federal guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has restricted all visitation until further notice. In addition, Ellis Medicine will be screening all visitors at the main lobby at the McClellan Street campus. Infections like influenza and novel COVID-19 are especially dangerous to the residents and can be avoided.
This restriction DOES NOT apply for end of life situations only, as determined by administration.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your loved ones, please feel free to contact their nursing unit manager.
For more information and to access the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 (novel coronvirus):
CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
General Public Hot Line - 1.888.364.3065
While the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is slowing regionally and statewide, it is still imperative that we continue to follow all best practices to prevent the spread. It’s for the good of our staff, patients and broader community.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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