Patients at Erie County Medical Center and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will no longer be allowed to have visitors, with a few exceptions, the hospitals announced Wednesday.
The new rule complies with the state Department of Health’s guidance for protecting hospital patients and staff, both hospitals noted.
Both hospitals said family and legal representatives of patients near the end of life will be allowed to visit. However, they will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to visits.
The Niagara Falls hospital said visitors will be permitted if they are essential to a patient’s care. Maternity patients will be allowed one visitor.
NFMMC added that children under 14 are barred from all of its facilities, including primary care and other outpatient sites.
Families and friends of patients at ECMC may direct any questions to the Critical Care/Emergency Room at 821-2788, Behavioral Health at 341-7082 or the medical, surgical and other departments at 821-2762.