MIDDLETOWN — Effective immediately, all Middlesex Health service locations are closed to visitors except for those making compassionate visits, and support persons accompanying patients with disabilities. Compassionate visits include visits to see patients receiving end-of-life care and visits to see patients being cared for in the Middlesex Health Pregnancy & Birth Center.
Middlesex Health is making these changes in response to the resurgence of COVID-19 in the community. The restrictions are meant to help protect patients and staff, and to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Support persons and visitors who make compassionate care visits must be in good health and over the age of 18 unless special permission is granted. When at the hospital, they must wear a mask, and wash their hands frequently to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
The following is Middlesex Health’s revised visitor policy:
- Obstetric patients may be accompanied by one partner or one birth support person. (No children allowed.) This person must remain in the room with the patient for the duration of their stay.
- No visitors are allowed in the Emergency Department, on North 7 and in the Crisis Intervention Unit, with the exception of a support person for people with disabilities.
- Patients under the age of 18 may be accompanied by their parents, guardians or one designated support person.
- Middlesex Health staff members will determine the number of visitors for patients who are receiving end-of-life care. These visitors must stay in their loved one’s room for the duration of their visit.
- No visitors or designated support persons are allowed in any other areas of the hospital with the exception of a support person for people with disabilities.
- No visitors are allowed for patients having surgery or a procedure with the exception of a support person for people with disabilities.
- No visitors can accompany a patient with an appointment at a Middlesex Health facility with the exception of a support person for people with disabilities. This includes all outpatient locations, Middlesex Health’s laboratory locations and any radiology locations.
- All business meetings will be held virtually. No one should visit the hospital for business.
- One MacDonough Place, a Middlesex Health-owned assisted living community in Middletown, remains closed to all visitors—except for visits that are medically necessary
These changes are being implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Middlesex Health believes that further restricting visitors at its facilities is in the best interest of patients, staff, guests, and the community.
Middlesex Health is committed to caring for members of its community, including those who have, or may have, COVID-19.
For more information about the coronavirus, as well as important updates from Middlesex Health, visit MiddlesexHealth.org/Ready. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your medical provider before heading to an emergency department, urgent care center or other medical office. They will help you determine your next steps, which may include just staying home and isolating.