St. Mary’s Healthcare continues visitor restrictions

AMSTERDAM — The current spread of flu in our region has resulted in temporary visitation restrictions at regional hospitals including St. Mary’s Healthcare, Amsterdam. For your safety and the continued safety of our patients, residents and staff, we ask your cooperation with the restrictions being enforced at St. Mary’s Hospital, the Memorial Building, and the Wilkinson Nursing Home. Visitors are asked to consider these restrictions prior to visiting patients or residents.

∫ A maximum of 2 visitors will be permitted in a patient or resident room at one time.

∫ Children 12 and younger will be prohibited from visiting patient and resident rooms. Please note that children are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections.

∫ Visitors with fever, sore throat, cough, respiratory symptoms, rash, or diarrhea will be prohibited from visiting patients or residents.

The use of hand sanitizer before entering and upon leaving any patient or resident room is helpful. Hand sanitizer is available at most entrances and at numerous other locations throughout the campuses including the doorways of patient and resident rooms.

Masks are available at the main entrances as an additional precaution for those who do visit.

Some locations or specialty care units may have additional limitations or modifications to these restrictions. Please direct your questions or concerns regarding unit restrictions to the Nursing Supervisor/Nurse Manager.

If you have not been vaccinated, it is not too late. Vaccination offers protection against circulating influenza strains and will reduce the likelihood of severe illness. See your doctor or call our Primary Health Centers to make an appointment at (518) 841-7430.

Your cooperation is needed during this time; the restrictions at St. Mary’s Healthcare and all other capital region hospitals have been implemented to help limit the transmission of the virus. If you have any specific questions about visiting, please contact Nursing Administration at (518) 841-7141.

By Patricia Older

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