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Nathan Littauer Announces New, Updated Visitation Restrictions for Hospital

With a decline in the number of COVID-19 infections within Fulton County, and after receiving guidance from the New York State Department of Health, we are pleased to be able to allow our hospitalized patients to have visitors on a limited basis. Visits from friends and family can promote patients’ physical or emotional well-being and care. Please be aware that the pandemic is not over and the risks of transmission remain.

We encourage virtual visits as an alternative to in-person visitation. If needed, patients can ask their care team for additional guidance on virtual visits. Visitor access will be managed by the Nursing Supervisor, Manager, and Security: any questions related to visitation at Nathan Littauer Hospital, please call (518) 723-8621.

Nathan Littauer Hospital’s visitation guidelines as of April 7, 2021 can be found below.

To keep patients, staff, and visitors safe, the following list of expectations for visitation must be adhered to at all times:

  • One visitor permitted per day.  
  • Proper handwashing and wearing of personal protective equipment is expected.
  • Visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Visiting hours are limited to 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday on inpatients units.
  • Visiting hours are limited to 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday – Sunday on inpatients units.
  • Visitors must wear masks covering mouth and nose at all times while in the hospital.
  • Visitors will register and participate in the automated screening process in the lobby.
  • All visitors must check-in at the registration desk.
  • Visitors will register and participate in the automated screening process in the lobby.
  • Registration will give visitor patient’s room number; visitors will be requested to show a photo ID.
  • The visitor badge, printed from screening machine, will identify the approved destination; this badge must be visible during the entire length of the visit.
  • Visitors will check in with the ward clerk at the nurses’ station.
  • Visitors must stay in the room of the patient they are visiting.
  • Cafeteria and Gift shop closed to visitors. 
  • Patients are encouraged to wear masks covering mouth and nose as tolerated.
  • At least six feet of distancing between visitors and patients should be practiced at all times.
  • Visitors may not eat or drink in the patient’s room.
  • Anyone who has any symptoms of illness should not visit the hospital and will be asked to leave.
  • You may be asked to leave the premises should you fail to adhere to any of these requirements.
  • We will continue to provide compassionate exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

    Separate visitation guidelines are established for the following departments;

    • Emergency Department: One visitor allowed.  Compassionate exceptions made on a case-by-case basis.
    • Mother-Baby Unit: Limited to designated support person.
    • Outpatient services: One visitor allowed.  Please follow guidelines above.
    • COVID positive patients: to be determined by Nursing Supervision and care team.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to keep our patients, staff, and our community safe.  Visitation is reviewed weekly and can be rescinded in accordance with Department of Health and local infection rates.

Nathan Littauer’s Nursing Home visitation guidelines can be found here.

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