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Putnam Hospital updates visitation policy

Posted: 6/24/2020

Putnam Hospital has updated its visitation policy to once again allow patient visitors on a limited basis. Because the campus and the region are experiencing a decrease in the rate of new COVID-19 infections, Putnam Hospital, as part of Nuvance Health, can now expand visitation following safety guidelines.

“Family and friends play an essential role in a patient’s healing and wellness,” hospital President Peter Kelly said. “We expect to ease restrictions in a phased approach over the next several weeks to provide the highest level of safety possible for staff, patients and the community.”

Allowable visitors:

Effective Friday, June 26, the hospital will begin the first phase of visitation: One visitor per patient is permitted in the inpatient areas including the hospital Birthing Center. All other areas including Behavioral Health are restricted at this time.

People age 18 and older can visit if they meet specific requirements.

Requirements for approved visitation include:

  • Visitors must arrive wearing a medical face mask. Masks with a valve, or a bandana, scarf, or any other type of face covering are not permitted.
  • Visitors must pass screening for COVID-19 risk factors.
  • Visitors need to show a government-issued photo ID (examples: driver’s license, passport) to check-in. Their visit will be recorded for contact tracing purposes if necessary.
  • The duration of a daily visit is limited to two hours.

Exceptions apply for patients under age 21, maternity patients and for those with extenuating circumstances.

Entrance and Visitation Hours

Visitation hours are noon to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Visitors are asked to check in at the main front entrance Monday through Friday and the Emergency Department entrance on Saturdays and Sundays.

No Visitation:

Putnam Hospital’s top priority is the health and safety of all patients, staff and visitors. That’s why no visitors are permitted for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 who are receiving high-flow oxygen, are on Bi-PAP or CPAP, or are unable to tolerate wearing a mask. No visitors are allowed for non-medical purposes such as going to the cafeteria or gift shop.

Nuvance Health will continue to reevaluate the visitation policy as conditions evolve. Please visit nuvancehealth.org/coronavirus for the latest updates about COVID-19, or find Putnam Hospital on social media @PutnamHospital.

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