MIDDLETOWN — Beginning today, Middlesex Health is further tightening its visitor policy as a precaution. This is an effort to help prevent the spread of the flu and COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
To date, Middlesex Health has not had a confirmed case of COVID -19.
Under the revamped rules, patients at Middlesex Health service locations will only be allowed one visitor at a time. Only immediate family members or a designated support person may visit or accompany patients. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit patients unless special permission is granted.
Anyone who is sick, especially those with flu-like symptoms or symptoms of coronavirus, shouldn’t visit or accompany patients at a Middlesex Health facility.
Those who do visit patients must clean their hands frequently to ensure their safety and the safety of others.
These restrictions apply to all Middlesex Health facilities, including, but not limited to, the Middlesex Hospital campus in Middletown, its two satellite emergency departments in Westbrook and Marlborough and its outpatient surgical center on Saybrook Road in Middletown.
Most of these restrictions are similar to the visitor restrictions Middlesex Health imposed in January due to the prevalence of the flu. The difference: In January, patients were limited to two visitors at a time.
Middlesex Health believes that further limiting the number of visitors per patient is in the best interest of patients, staff and guests. It may opt to change its visitor policy again as needed.
While most people know that the flu is a serious illness, there is still much to learn about the new coronavirus and COVID-19. For more information about the coronavirus, visit MiddlesexHealth.org/Ready.
Middlesex Health stands ready to help anyone who needs it, including those who have or may have COVID-19. Anyone who believes they were exposed to the coronavirus should call their medical provider before heading to an emergency department, urgent care center or other medical office.
In addition to addressing visitation at its medical facilities, Middlesex Health is also taking extra steps to protect residents at its assisted living community, One MacDonough Place in Middletown. In order to reduce the risk of illness for our One MacDonough residents, we strongly discourage visitors at this time.
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