response to the recent rise in COVID-positive cases in our region, Bertrand
Chaffee Hospital is suspending all visitation to the Medical/Surgical floor,
effective Monday, November 16, 2020. Exceptions to visitor restrictions will be
made only at the discretion of the Hospital staff following guidance from the
New York State Department of Health. These visitors will be subject to a verbal
health screening and temperature scan upon entrance to the Hospital building.
Room visitation remains unchanged; one visitor per patient at the discretion of
the Emergency Room staff and the visitor will undergo the screening process and
procedures as outlined above. Additional visitors are encouraged to wait
outside of the building in their vehicle.
decision was made out of an abundance of caution to protect the safety of
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital patients and staff.
“Our Emergency Preparedness team has been
monitoring the progress of the virus and has been in constant communication
with our county and state health departments,” said Vice President of Medical
Affairs Dr. Ed Heidelberger. “While we are not required to suspend hospital
visitations at this time, we believe it is a decision that is keeping the
safety of our patients and the well-being of our community in mind – our number
one priority in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Richmond Nursing Home’s visitation policy remains unchanged from the guidance
put forth by the New York State Department of Health on September 17.
Chaffee Hospital, following guidance from the New York State Department of
Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reserves the right
to modify these policies and measures at any time.
reminder, those in need of COVID testing are asked to consult their primary care
provider first or call the Hospital first. All COVID testing at BCH requires a
medical professional order. Please do not come directly to the hospital.
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has procedures put in place for COVID testing in
order to keep patients and staff safe.
for continuing to do your part in order to keep our community healthy and safe.