Lewis Co. Hospital changing visiting hours due to COVID

Lewis County General Hospital, 7785 N State St., part of the Lewis County Health System, Friday in Lowville. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

LOWVILLE — Now that there are COVID-19 positive patients being treated at Lewis County General Hospital and infection rates continue to grow around the county, the Health System has changed its visiting hours and policies.

Beginning Thursday, in-patients are being allowed two visitors, aged 18 years and older, each day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

As was the case during previous phases of the pandemic, visitors will only be allowed to go to their loved one’s room and straight out of the hospital afterward and must stay in the room for the entire visit unless a hospital staff member asks them to step out of the room for patient care.

Patients with intellectual, developmental and other cognitive disabilities, children and women giving birth will still be allowed visitors during procedures or in the recovery room as agreed upon with the patient’s doctor.

COVID-19 patients can not receive visitors except in an end-of-life situation as arranged with the nursing supervisor.

People receiving elective out-patient procedures, those seeking help in the Emergency Department and patients going to their doctor’s office, the lab, radiology, respiratory care or therapy services all may have one person accompany them.

For more details about the new visitation rules, go to www.lcgh.net/coronavirus.

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