Samaritan gets home monitoring funds

Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — Samaritan Medical Center on Monday again expanded its limited hospital visitation. But some restrictions will apply to limit the number of people in facilities on any given day, especially with limited waiting area spaces and the ability to social distance safely.

The major patient group impacted by these new changes is hospital inpatients.

Now, two designated visitors per day are permitted. Exceptions may be made for end-of-life visitation, with coordination arranged through the nursing supervisor.

No visitation will be permitted for COVID-19 inpatients, COVID-19 Patients Under Investigation, or patients in quarantine — with compassionate exceptions for end-of-life.

Visiting hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. and all entry and exit will be through the Rotunda entrance, located between the hospital and Samaritan Keep Home.

For those who can’t visit, they can contact loved ones over the phone or through a scheduled video call. The patient’s care team can help schedule and make arrangements.

According to Samaritan, this guidance does not apply to Inpatient Mental Health Unit patients.

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