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Visitor Guidelines Update

Date: 11/01/2020

As we balance the need of patients and their families with the safety concerns for everyone who enters the hospital and all our locations, we will continue to adjust our policies as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change. With an increasing number of cases in Somerset County, we are updating our Visitor Guidelines. This policy will be adjusted further if circumstances change. Below please see our Visitation Guidelines that are effective on October 31, 2020.

Visitation is restricted to visitors 18 years of age and older. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis only for patients at end of life status or in swing bed status.

Acute Care Unit: Inpatients are allowed one visitor per day (except for patients at end of life who will be allowed up to two visitors a day) between the hours of 1 pm – 6 pm. Visitors will need to enter through the main hospital entrance between 1 pm and 6 pm and go through a screening process that will include a temperature check. Please do not visit if you are feeling sick.

  • While only one person will be allowed per day, that designated person can change each day. The visitor cannot leave the patient room during the visit.
  • Everyone entering our facility must wear a mask or face covering for the duration of their time in the hospital.
  • If a patient is accepting a visitor, the patient must also wear a mask for the duration of the visit.

Please note: Any patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 cannot have in-person visitors. Alternative options for communications for these patients (i.e. Zoom) is available in order to keep families connected.

Day Surgery Unit: Due to space limitations in the waiting room, we are asking that visitors not remain on-site during the procedure. We will keep visitors updated and informed via telephone. The only exceptions are one parent or guardian for a minor or if the patient requires their help with communication with the care team.

Emergency Department: Due to space limitations we are not allowing visitors. The only exceptions are one parent or guardian for a minor or if the patient requires their help with communication with the care team. If a visitor is allowed, they must always wear a mask and must stay with the patient at all times.  The care team will help the patient keep family updated during the visit through the use of technology.

Outpatient Provider Offices: We are currently not allowing visitors to accompany patients to appointments at our outpatient practices. The only exceptions are one parent or guardian for a minor or if the patient requires their help with communication with the care team.

Lab, Imaging, Rehab Offices/Areas: No visitors are allowed in the waiting room or in the treatment areas of the lab, imaging or rehabilitation with limited exceptions. The only exceptions are one parent or guardian for a minor or if the patient requires their help with communication with the care team.

Thank You!

We understand that family support is an important part of a patient’s well-being. We are doing all we can to best protect those in our care as well as all in our community. Thank you for understanding.