FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Saratoga Hospital Adopts ‘No Visitors’ Policy
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., March 19, 2020—Saratoga Hospital has adopted a “no visitors” policy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Keeping the number of people in the building to a minimum will help protect patients and staff.
A limited number of exceptions will be made for patients receiving cancer treatments, labor and delivery, end-of-life situations and other circumstances that merit compassionate consideration. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, and appropriate screening will be required.
People who drive patients to Saratoga Hospital for a diagnostic test, imaging or other procedure, will be asked to stay in their cars until notified that the procedure is complete. If patients need help entering the building, hospital staff will provide assistance.
All patients and allowed visitors will be screened for:
- Travel to a foreign country in the last 30 days.
- Cough, shortness of breath.
- Possible exposure to COVID-19.
If screening indicates that someone may pose a risk, they will not be allowed in the building. They also will be told to seek additional guidance from their healthcare provider—and to self-quarantine.
Saratoga Hospital continues to restrict entry to two locations: the main entrance on Church Street and the Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center on Myrtle Street.
The hospital continually refines policies and procedures in response to this unprecedented, ever-changing situation. To keep the community informed, Saratoga Hospital updates its website, www.SaratogaHospital.org, daily.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Albany Med and Columbia Memorial Health, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in the region. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Peter M. Hopper
Director, Marketing and Communications