Updated: 4/16/2020

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home are following guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health to prevent the spread of this disease and, if necessary, address issues of exposure. As this is an ongoing and developing situation, we will continue to share information to help keep our community members informed.

Erie County Department of Health Standing Order for Individuals Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19: https://www2.erie.gov/health/sites/www2.erie.gov.health/files/uploads/pdfs/ECDOHCOVID19StandingCommissionersOrderIsolation.pdf

The following are measures BCH and JBR have put into place, following guidelines from the CDC and the NYS DOH to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how you can help.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital:

  • Suspending all visitation to the Hospital, unless the visitor is essential to the care of the family member or is a family member or legal representative of a patient in end-of-life situations.
  • All patients and employees upon entrance to the building will be screened for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or fever) or potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 and their temperature will be taken.
  • All employees are required to wear face masks.
  • Postponing all elective surgery and Heart Center appointments. Echocardiograms in the X-Ray Department will still occur as scheduled. Providers from the affected departments can still be reached by contacting the Hospital.

Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home

  • All visitation has been suspended, following directives from the NYS Department of Health.
  • All employees are screened for symptoms at the beginning of their shift (cough, shortness of breath, or fever) or potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 and their temperature will be taken.
  • All employees are required to wear face masks.

As a community member, you can help all of us here at BCH and JBR slow the spread of COVID-19. Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Stay Home, Practice Social Distancing. Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible. In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others. Avoid unnecessary appointments. Consider wearing a face mask when out in public.
  2. Wash your hands, cover your cough.
  3. Take special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.
  4. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, trouble breathing, pneumonia), please call your health care provider, DO NOT go directly to the Emergency Room. Your doctor will provide you with guidance and next steps.

Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of this virus and keeping our community as healthy as possible during these unprecedented times.

If you are looking for good, credible sources regarding facts and updates on COVID-19, please consider using the following resources:

Erie County Department of Health:
http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=coronavirus

NYS Department of Health:
https://www.health.ny.gov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/index.htm