Niagara Health restricting visitors to hospitals

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 19/2020, Niagara Health will be implementing a no-visitors policy to help maintain a safe environment for patients.

“We understand how difficult these decisions can be for our patients and families,” said Derek McNally, Executive Vice President of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive for Niagara Health in a Niagara Health press release. “This is a necessary measure to protect the health and well-being of our patients, reduce traffic in the hospital, and practice social distancing.”

“To support the ability of patients to keep in contact with their loved ones, Niagara Health will provide all patients with free WiFi, telephone and television service beginning Friday, March 20,” the release said.

The release did say that there will be limited exceptions for visitors made on a case-by-case basis. Restrictions are expected to be in place for several weeks.

Visitors or support people permitted on-site must be:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Screened for COVID-19 upon entry to the hospital
  • Asymptomatic with no recent travel outside of Canada

“Niagara Health apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this new guideline and appreciates the support of the community as we work to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and maintain a safe environment,” the release said.

More information will be provided on our website:  https://www.niagarahealth.on.ca/site/home

 

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