St. Lawrence Health System announces rules for hospital visits

St. Lawrence Health System announces rules for hospital visits
St. Lawrence Health System (Source: WWNY)

POTSDAM, N.Y. (WWNY) - The three hospitals of St. Lawrence Health System are joining other area hospitals in relaxing restrictions on visitors.

Starting today (Monday), one visitor or support person will be allowed each patient, as long as that patient is not on COVID-19 precaution.

Support people are those who are critical to the patient’s care. Two can be designated; one can be on-hand at a time. Two support people can be present in end-of-life situations.

One support person will be allowed each patient in the emergency department or in labor. The support person would be designated a visitor after the emergency patient is admitted or after the baby is delivered.

Each visitor or support person must be at least 18 years old, COVID-symptom-free, wear a mask, and adhere to COVID safety guidelines.

Visiting is from 2 to 6 p.m. each day at Gouverneur, Massena, and Canton-Potsdam hospitals. Critical care patients at Canton-Potsdam can have visitors from 4 to 6 p.m.

Support people aren’t generally restricted to specific hours.

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