ITHACA, N.Y.  –– Cayuga Health System will now allow limited inpatient visitation at Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital for the first time since March.

All visitors will have to undergo screening and follow COVID-19 health precautions while on hospital premises. Visiting hours will be held Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We have been working diligently to create a policy that will allow visitors into Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital while maintaining the safety of our patients and staff,” Dr. Martin Stallone, president & CEO of Cayuga Health said.  “We recognize that visitors are a significant part of the healing process and we  are very pleased to be able to allow patients visitation with friends and family once again.”

Everyone entering the hospital or any off-site locations will be temperature checked and screened for coronavirus symptoms including cough, shortness of breath or fever. There will also be screening questions regarding potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 and past travel out of state.

All visitors are required to wear a mask for the entirety of their visit, and must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit. Additionally, Cayuga Health is only allowing visitors older than 18-years-old at this time.

Visitation is limited to one person for a maximum of 4 hours per day/patient –– the maximum amount of time allowed within New York State Department of Health guidelines.

Patients undergoing same-day procedures may be accompanied to the facility by a companion and that companion may remain with the patient through the initial intake process and can rejoin the patient during the discharge process.

Dining Services at both hospitals remain closed for visitors and support people.

Anna Lamb

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