Visiting Hours

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Elizabethtown Community Hospital Visitor/Welcoming Policy

In patient Visiting Hours 11:00 am – 7:00pm

Visitation is permitted at this time on a limited basis and following NY State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines. The hospital may adjust visitation policies at any time, based on COVID-19 transmission rates or for other related reasons.

General visitation guidelines

  • All visitors should enter through the main entrance and are required to undergo a COVID-19 symptom screening and have their temperature taken.
  • Visitors are required to sign in and provide contact information, and wash their hands before heading directly to the patient’s room.
  • All visitors must wear a mask for the duration of their visit.  Please be especially attentive to wearing a snug fitting face covering or mask over your nose and mouth (masks with exhalation valves and gaiters are not permitted), in addition to correctly wearing other personal protective equipment as directed by Hospital staff.  A mask will be provided if you do not have one.

Additional conditions to maintain a safe environment of care for patients, staff, and visitors

  • Hospitalized patients are allowed visitation each day between the hours of 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.
  • Patients may have up to two visitors at a time.
  • Visitors with COVID-like symptoms or a fever of 100.0, will not be permitted to enter our facilities.
  • Visitors must follow current New York State guidelines for quarantine & isolation. Those who meet criteria for quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter our facilities.  Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID in the past 10 days (and is not seeking care) will not be permitted in our facility.
  • Visitors are asked to limit time in common areas and maintain social distancing.
  • Visitors who do not follow these requirements will be kindly asked to leave due to the safety of your loved one, other patients and staff.

Special considerations for pediatric patients, end of life care patients, and patients with an intellectual, developmental, or cognitive disability are included in the visitor policy. 

Specialty clinic patients may be accompanied by a companion.  The companion may stay within the facility until the patient is discharged.  If there is not enough room in the specialty clinic area to allow for social distancing, the companion may be asked to wait in the main lobby.

If you have questions about the temporary changes to our visitor policy, please call our inpatient unit at (518) 873-6377.