Cayuga Medical Center announced Wednesday that to comply with a new order by the state it will be barring visitors access to its medical facilities.
“Per today’s directive from the NYS Department of Health, effective immediately, we are suspending all hospital visitation to Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital except when medically necessary (i.e. the visitor is essential to the care of a patient) or for family members or legal representatives of patients that may be facing end-of-life situation,” according to a news release.
In addition, any visitors meeting these exceptions will be screened for symptoms — cough, shortness of breath, or fever — or potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 and the duration and number of visits should be minimized.
The hospital is encouraging patients to use electronic communications when available, including cell phones, tablets, etc. The medical center is working to provide alternative solutions for patients who may not have access to these devices.