• Rome Health resumes limited visiting hours at the hospital

    Effective Friday, February 12, 2021

    With the significant decline in the number of new COVID cases in Oneida County, Rome Health is resuming limited visiting hours at the hospital.

    Visitation is still suspended at the nursing home at this time, in compliance with New York State Department of Health requirements.

    In addition, visitors are prohibited in the Maternity Department because newborns are unable to wear masks. Only the support person and doulas are permitted in Maternity.

    Separation of patients and their loved ones during a hospitalization can cause significant stress and anxiety. At Rome Health, we take a proactive, but measured approach to protect our patients, while maintaining our focus on patient-centered care.

    The data is trending in the right direction. The number of patients hospitalized has declined, the positivity rate is lower and the number of new cases suggests that transmission has slowed. With screening and proper precautions, we can resume limited visitation safely in most patient care areas.

    Visitation Guidelines

    ICU, 2 North & 2 East: 1 visitor (age 18 and older) at a time for social distancing
    Weekdays: Use the Diagnostic Center Entrance accessible from Oak Street.
    Weekends: Use the Emergency Department Entrance.
    Maximum of 4-hours per patient

    Maternity: 1 support person and doula (no visitors because newborns can’t wear a mask)
    Emergency Department: 1 support person for the entire visit
    Ambulatory Surgery: 1 support person

    Visitors must be screened and register their contact information.
    Visitors may not enter if:
    they have current symptoms or a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher;
    they have had symptoms or had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 14 days;
    they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days; or
    they refuse to wear a mask.
    Visitors must check-in at the Nurses Station upon arrival on the unit.

    Individuals may have COVID-19 without having any symptoms. Therefore, it is essential that visitors take every precaution to protect their loved one and reduce the risk of a potential exposure.

    • Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth at all times and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Use any additional personal protective equipment required by staff.
    • Use hand sanitizer before visiting and upon leaving. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Maintain social distancing. Avoid personal contact with your loved one.
    • Stay in the patient’s room throughout the visit except when requested by staff to leave during a procedure.
    • Avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces during your visit.