Hospitals Reopen to Visitors

Local hospitals are beginning to allow visitors again.

New York State has barred visitors from entry to hospitals throughout the state for more than three months to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced June 16 that hospital visitation can resume as the statewide number of deaths and new cases continued to decline dramatically.

Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead announced June 22 that it would begin allowing visitors again, and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital announced June 24 that it was allowing visitors again.

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital was drafting new visitor policies that were about to be released as The Beacon went to press June 30.

Visitors at PBMC will not be permitted for patients who have been diagnosed with Covid-19, but will be permitted in other instances. 

Visiting hours at PBMC are from 1 to 5 p.m., with only one visitor allowed to be present at a patient’s bedside at a time. Visiting hours at Stony Brook Southampton are from 3 to 6 p.m., with a limit of one visiter per person per day.

Visitors are allowed for Covid patients at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for up to an hour, or longer in end-of-life situations.

All visitors at both hospitals must undergo a Covid-19 symptom and temperature check, and must wear a hospital-provided mask, wash their hands and wear appropriate PPE in isolation rooms, where they will not be allowed to touch patients. 

Visitors will not be allowed in the emergency department or the peri-operative area at either hospital.

Peconic Bay Medical Center’s full visitor guidelines are online here, Stony Brook Southampton’s visitor guidelines are online here and Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital is expected to put its guidelines online here.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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