Coronavirus: Visitor Restrictions
Bristol Health is taking proactive measures to restrict visitors and encourage hand cleaning to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the healthcare setting.These measures are to protect our patients, visitors and staff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending anyone who is returning from an area affected by the coronavirus isolate themselves to reduce the chances of spreading the virus.
Bristol Hospital Inpatient Visitor Restrictions
Our Compassionate No Visitors policy is in effect.
No visitors will be allowed at Bristol Hospital, except in the following cases:
- Compassionate care exceptions for patients at end of life; exceptions to be determined by the nursing supervisor on a case-by-case basis.
- Maternity patients may have one visitor, as determined by the mother of the infant. No visitors under 18 will be allowed except for maternity significant others. No children, including siblings, will be allowed.
- Patients coming for outpatient diagnostic services may be accompanied by one person. Patients and companions will be screened in the main lobby, and patients who meet the exclusion criteria will be met by staff and escorted to the diagnostic services area for evaluation. Effective immediately, all nuclear medicine tests are deferred and the Nuclear Medicine Department is closed until tentatively March 31st.
All individuals coming to Bristol Hospital will be screened in the main lobby for the following:
- Flu-like symptoms (fever greater than 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath)
- Exposure to COVID-19
- Travel, including on cruise ships
Ingraham Manor Visitor Restrictions
At this time, no visitors are allowed at Ingraham Manor. The Connecticut Department of Public Health has instructed all chronic and convalescent nursing homes to restrict all visitors except when a current health state is in question, such as end of life.
Outpatient Facilities Restrictions
Patients who feel ill, or suspect they are ill should call their providers for screening before
coming to an outpatient facility.
Once onsite, please avoid hand shaking and use hand sanitizer during your visit.
If you are healthy:
- If possible, please do not visit the hospital or Emergency Center as visitor restrictions are in place.
- If you have an appointment in one of our specialty or primary care practices or outpatient departments, please limit the people you bring with you to those needed for transportation or assistance.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If you are sick or experience respiratory or flu-like symptoms, e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, body aches or headaches:
- Contact your primary care provider’s office for potential screening.
- Stay home.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
The Bristol Health Counseling Center will now be open from 8 am - 5 pm, starting Wednesday, March 18.
The Bernie Guida Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center will be closed to patients starting on Thursday, March 19 until further notice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending self-isolation for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, including those under investigation for the virus, who do not need to be hospitalized and who can receive care at home.
Self-isolation is a voluntary measure in which you remain home and away from work, school or other social and outdoor settings. While self-isolated, you closely monitor your health, including your temperature twice a day, for 14 days. Individuals returning from areas affected by the coronavirus are being asked to self-isolate.
- Stay home except to get medical care.
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Stay in a specific room as much as possible and use a separate bathroom if available.
- Wear a facemask
- Avoid crowds, social activities and other group events.
- Avoid all non-essential travel.
- Always cover your coughs and sneezes by using a tissue. Throw it away when done.
- Avoid sharing household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, water bottles, utensils and bedding.
- Clean all "high touch" surfaces every day. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, computer, etc...
- If you need to see your doctor or go to the Emergency Department, please call ahead.
Discontinuation of Self-Isolation
The CDC states that patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.