RMH suspends routine visitation

Out of caution, Rome Memorial Hospital has suspended all routine visitation due to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of patients, residents and staff.

In addition, the hospital will be reducing the number of entry points on its campus.

“We’re asking for everyone’s cooperation and understanding of the need to limit the number of people who come into contact with our patients and nursing home residents to protect those who are most vulnerable,” said Emma Ingalls, director of infection prevention.

One medically necessary support individual will be allowed to accompany a patient to a clinical area upon passing a health screening.

These include any patients with confusion, altered mental status, developmental delays or agitation or mobility issues, and children under the age of 18.

In addition, one support person is permitted to accompany surgical, emergency and maternity patients.

Exceptions to the visitor policy will be made for family to visit critically ill patients upon completing the health screening.

The following entrances will be open for patients to access the hospital:

— Emergency department: 24 hours a day

— Main lobby, James Street: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays

— Bartlett entrance, Oak Street: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays

All other entry points will be closed.

Both the main lobby and Bartlett entrances are closed on the weekend.

“Protecting the health and well-being of our patients and caregivers is our top priority as our community works together to slow the spread of the virus,” Ingalls said.