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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Maintaining a Safe and Effective Care Environment

A safe and effective care environment is our highest priority, and Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) hospitals have undertaken necessary steps to protect our patients and workforce as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves.

Visitation

Effective January 6, 2022, visitation at MidHudson Regional Hospital is as follows: 

  • Adult patients are allowed two (2) Designated Support People (DSP).  Only one (1) DSP can visit per day. Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. DSP’s must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Pediatric patients, age 22 years and under, are allowed four (4) Designated Support People (DSP).  Two (2) DSP’s can visit together at any given time, 24 hours per day, except for the NICU which allows only one (1) DSP at the bedside at a time. DSP’s between the ages of 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.
  • Labor and delivery patients are allowed two (2) DSP’s, including a doula if requested, 24 hours per day, throughout labor, delivery, and the postpartum period, including recovery, until discharge to home.  The DSP can be the patient’s spouse, partner, sibling, parent, or other persons of their choice.  DSP’s must be 18 years of age or older.  
  • Accompaniment to the Emergency Department is limited to one (1) DSP person.  In the event of higher than normal volume we may need to restrict access to the waiting room to patients only.
  • Behavioral Health units have visitation guidelines which are provided to patients and families upon admission.
  • Patients with extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  These requests and other related concerns can be directed to Patient Experience at 845.483.5565.

DSP’s must be 18 years of age or older.  Upon entry to the facility, DSP’s will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and required to provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 molecular or PCR test collected within 5 days prior to each visit. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson).  Boosters are recommended to those who are eligible.  For those presenting evidence of a negative test, only ‘molecular’ or ‘PCR’ tests will be accepted.  Antigen tests will not be accepted. 

Vaccination and Testing Appointments

DSP’s who wish to make an appointment for vaccination or COVID-19 PCR testing may call our COVID-19 Call Center at 914.202.4530.

Infection Control

All hospital, state and federal guidelines regarding infection control practices must be followed. 

DSP’s are required to wear facemasks, as well as any other personal protective equipment deemed necessary by the clinical team and should wash hands frequently. DSP’s who fail to follow these infection control protocols will be asked to leave the facility.

Once in the facility, DSP’s must limit travel within the hospital to only pathways directly to and from the patient’s room.  Visits to locations including the cafeteria and gift shop must be made prior to going to the patient’s room.

DSP’s must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit, except when directed to leave by hospital staff during procedures or circumstances for which visitors are usually asked to leave, or to use the restroom, and must be appropriately distanced from any other patients or staff. 

Emergency Department Only

The Emergency Department is experiencing higher than normal volume.  As a result, effective December 28, 2021, we may need to restrict access to the waiting room to pediatric patients, age 22 or under, and (2) Designated Support Persons, DSP’s. 

For patients presenting for immediate, emergency care, visitors who accompany them may be permitted to remain with them for the initial hospitalization period (in most cases no longer than the first day) without proof of vaccination or a negative test result.  All subsequent visits more than one day after the acute event will require proof of vaccination or negative test result. 

Communication Devices

For patients using personal devices for communication with family and friends: All WMCHealth patients must adhere to policies regarding patient photography and recording or videotaping. Any live video streaming between patients and family/friends must be done with approval by the patient and WMCHealth, be time limited, should not include clinical procedures or staff and should not interfere with WMCHealth clinical treatment or operations.  View our complete COVID-19 response, including information on testing, visitation, donations and services.