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Hospitals Restricting Visitors as COVID-19 Cases Increase in Conn.

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Hospitals across Connecticut have re-implemented visitor restrictions as cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in the state.

Visitors are being restricted at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health outpatient facilities.

Effective immediately, hospital officials said there is no visitation to any hospitalized patients. Rare exceptions can be made at the discretion of the patient's clinical team, they said.

With flu season quickly approaching, many people are worried about both COVID-19 and the flu. Dr. Navya Mysore says it is possible to get the respiratory viruses simultaneously and stresses the importance of social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands properly.

Yale New Haven Hospital said visitor exceptions can be made for:

  • Maternity patients
  • Children who are patients
  • Patients for whom end-of-life is imminent
  • NICU patients
  • Patients with disabilities (includes altered mental status, physical, intellectual or cognitive disabilities, communication barriers or behavioral concerns)

Visitors are encouraged to remain connected to their loved ones with virtual communication.

All visitors who enter the hospital will be screened for illnesses at the front desk.

Trinity Health of New England announced on Tuesday it will roll back to Phase 1 visitation restrictions at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

The hospital is now closed to visitors, including in the emergency department. Some exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Those exceptions include:

  • Children admitted to the hospital
  • Maternity
  • Hospice Care/End of life care
  • Companion for facilitation of care

In those cases, one visitor will be allowed and that person must be at least 18 years of age, an immediate family member, power of attorney, guardian, or patient representative.

All visitors will be screened before they are allowed to come into the hospital.

Masonicare, in Wallingford, also announced Tuesday it is closed to all visitors and vendors. Virtual visits with patients will continue. Anyone who wants to set up a virtual visit with a patient can call the Masonicare recreation department at (203) 679-5980.

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