NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Several hospitals in Connecticut are limiting visitors again as COVID-19 numbers head in the wrong direction.
Yale, Saint Francis and Backus hospitals are among those closed to visitors. But there are some exceptions.
“Towards the end of last week and this week, we saw a sudden spike that…got us a little uncomfortable,” said Ena Williams, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Yale New Haven Hospital.
Williams said staff is seeing their admitted COVID-19 cases spike, seeing 115 as of Tuesday, putting them at a so-called level three, once again triggering their adult inpatient visitor restriction policy.
“Once you get to a certain number of patients in your hospital that’s positive, you really want to limit the number of patients in your building. We have lots of employees that work here.”
Yale’s Lawrence and Memorial in New London is also now under visitor restrictions as is Waterbury Hospital.
Backus, Windham and Nachaug hospitals in the Hartford HealthCare system are also under restrictions, as is St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.
Leaders at Yale know how hard this can be on families and utilize flexible it communication with expanded virtual visiting hours.
“This was a very hard decision,” said Williams. “We are an organization that believes in the family being part of the care, both the care and the recovery.”
Each hospital system is evaluating it on a daily basis.
Some of the exceptions may be for maternity patients, children who are patients, patients for whom end-of-life is imminent, NICU patients and patients with disabilities, such as altered mental status; physical, intellectual, or cognitive disabilities; communication barriers; or behavioral concerns.
Of course, each hospital has its own set of exceptions. A sign of where we are as we approach the holidays.