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VISITOR RESTRICTIONS ENACTED FOR ALL ARNOT HEALTH HOSPITALS

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS ENACTED FOR ALL ARNOT HEALTH HOSPITALS

As a precautionary measure, and to protect the health of residents, Arnot Health has enacted visitor restrictions at Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath. This is in response to the New York State Department of Health Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report classification of influenza in Chemung County as widespread. The restriction is scheduled to last for at least five days, in keeping with standards and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Kenneth Herzl-Betz, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President/Medical Affairs at Arnot Ogden Medical Center stated, "To promote patient, family, visitor and staff safety, Arnot Health will begin restricting visitation. This step is taken as an important method to decrease exposure and potential exposure to the influenza virus." He added, "We apologize for the inconvenience but the safety of our patients, family, visitors and staff is our number one priority."

At this time, the following limitations are in effect:

  • No more than (2) visitors plus (1) designated care giver/support person may be present in a patient's room at any time.
  • No one under the age of 14 may visit the hospital
    o Exception: In Maternity units only, healthy siblings of any age are permitted to visit healthy newborns
  • If you have a fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat, or if you have had contact with anyone who had those symptoms within the past 4 days, please postpone your visit until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

Anyone with questions about how to care for flu-like illness at home or if/when you should seek medical care is invited to call Arnot Health's Health on Demand call center at 607-737-4499 for more information.

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