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Day Kimball Hospital Visitation Restrictions | Updated

January 13, 2021

Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) continues to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Last year in March 2020, the health system announced the implementation of temporary visitation restrictions to curtail foot traffic at Day Kimball Hospital, and expanded temporary visitation protocols to its Day Kimball Medical Group (DKMG) and outpatient sites.

To minimize the continued evolving risks of transmission in the community, DKH is restricting visitors to all Hospital departments and waiting areas. The following visitation restrictions have been updated:

  • Unchanged: Obstetric inpatients will be allowed one designated accompanying adult person, age 18 and up during their stay. Read the full policy here >
  • Pediatric operating room or emergency department patients will be allowed only two designated (one is preferred) accompanying adults, age 18 and up during their stay.
  • Adult emergency department, Ambulatory Care Unit, or operating room patients may be allowed one accompanying adult (age 18 and up) on rare occasions at the discretion of the nurse manager or provider during their stay.
  • Hospice patients or Comfort Measures Only patients will be allowed visitors at the discretion of nursing leadership; one adult (age 18 and up) visitor at a time.
  • Patients with outpatient testing and procedures may be allowed one accompanying adult (age 18 and up) at the discretion of the technician or provider.
  • Hematology/Oncology patients may be allowed one accompanying adult (age 18 and up) on rare occasions at the discretion of the nurse manager or provider during their appointment.
  • Exceptions will also be considered for individuals with developmental, physical, mental and/or other disabilities.

In very limited circumstances, exceptions may be made to this visiting policy at the discretion of clinical staff. These temporary accompaniment restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.

All accompanying adults will be screened for risk factors for COVID-19, and only permitted in the hospital if deemed low risk. If an accompanying adult has risk factors, or shows symptoms of illness, we will ask that an alternate accompanying adult be identified, as this person will not be allowed in the hospital.

DKH understands these measures may create a significant hardship for both patients and families. However, DKH believes that at this time this is the best way to protect the vulnerable patients who have trusted DKH with their care.

DKH recognizes that interacting with friends and family can be helpful to the healing process and strongly encourages everyone to utilize other forms of support for their loved ones, such as phone calls, video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices.

As always, the health system encourages the community to continue taking preventive steps such wearing a face mask, frequently washing hands, maintaining physical distances of 6 feet or more, and staying home if sick.

DKH continues to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CT Department of Public Health and has implemented a comprehensive coronavirus care protocol. The health system’s medical and administrative leaders meet daily to promote system readiness.

For the latest information, read more on the CDC website, www.cdc.gov, and the CT DPH website, www.ct.gov/coronavirusLearn more about measures Day Kimball Healthcare is taking to address the spread of coronavirus at www.daykimball.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1, the CT State Hotline for information.

 

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