Middlesex to Allow One Visitor at a Time
MIDDLETOWN — Due to a decrease in Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate, Middlesex Health is loosening its visitor policy. The changes go into effect today.
All Middlesex Health locations, including Middlesex Hospital, outpatient locations and ambulatory settings, will now allow patients one visitor at a time unless they are on respiratory precautions, such as presumed or confirmed COVID-19 patients. Patients on respiratory precautions, such as presumed or confirmed COVID-19 patients, will not be allowed visitors unless they qualify as an exception, as detailed below.
All visitors must wear a face mask at all times, including in patient rooms, and they will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
Per recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face masks are still required in health care settings. You must wear a mask while at a Middlesex Health facility regardless of whether you’ve been vaccinated.
Visiting hours at Middlesex Hospital, located at 28 Crescent Street in Middletown, are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — both on the weekdays and during the weekend. Visitors must register at the front desk in the hospital lobby and be 16 or older unless granted special permission.
Visiting hours for Middlesex Hospital’s inpatient behavioral health unit are different. Patients staying on this unit may receive visitors seven days a week from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. They are allowed one visitor per day, and their visitors must be 16 or older.
One visitor can accompany Middlesex Health’s Emergency Department patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can enter through the Emergency Department entrance. Pregnancy and Birth Center patients may have one visitor at a time in addition to their primary support person.
There are some exceptions to these rules. They include:
- Visitors making compassionate care visits
- Individuals visiting patients with disabilities as a designated support person to support disability needs
- Birthing partners for Pregnancy and Birth Center patients
- Pediatric patients
- Clergy visits (Members of the clergy should not visit patients who are on special respiratory precautions unless it is a compassionate visit.)
Visitors arriving under these special circumstances may visit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If they arrive when the hospital lobby is closed, they should go to the Emergency Department main entrance.
For more information about Middlesex Health’s revised visitor policy, visit MiddlesexHealth.org/visitorpolicy.
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