Visitation Suspended Effective Nov 21
We are experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases in our community and our hospital. In the last 14 days, Somerset County experienced a 99% increase in COVID-19 positive cases and the state has experienced a 59% increase in this same time period.
While we are well prepared to care for all our patients and have been preparing for this, we have decided to suspend visitation at our hospital and practices effective today - Saturday, November 21, 2020. Visitation will not be permitted in any areas as an important safety measure we can take to immediately reduce risk for our patients and staff.
Special exceptions will be for pediatric patients to have one parent or guardian and for patients who may need help with mobility or communicating with the care team. Exceptions may also be made on a case-by-case basis for patients at end-of-life.
Our hospital and practices are still open for regular patient care activities and appointments, with an entry screening process and other safety measures in place that help protect everyone, including wearing a hospital-issued face mask at all times.
Again, visitors will not be allowed except for the limited situations noted above. We ask visitors to please wait in their vehicle and the care team will keep them updated.
Thank you for your help as we update our policies to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and community.
Every individual can make a difference. Now is the time to be more vigilant than ever about wearing face masks/coverings, practicing social distancing, regularly cleaning hands, and avoiding gatherings.