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Mount Sinai South Nassau Reopens to Visitors

Limited hours and social distancing regulations will be in place

Posted: Jun. 17, 2020
Mount Sinai South Nassau Reopens to Visitors

Mount Sinai South Nassau will begin welcoming back visitors to the hospital in Oceanside effective Friday, June 19, from 4 to 8 pm.

The hospital’s expanded visitor policy adheres to guidelines recommended by the New York State Department of Health:

  • Patients may now have more than one visitor, but no more than one visitor at a time and for no more than a total of four hours per day. Visiting hours are 4-8p daily; Behavioral Health visiting hours are 6p-8p daily.
  • Per New York State Department of Health regulations, we cannot permit visitors from restricted states, documented at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory
  • Visitors must be 18 years or older
  • Visitors will be required to provide their name and contact information and the name of the patient they are visiting
  • Each visitor will undergo a symptom and temperature check upon entering the hospital
  • Visitation will be denied to anyone who reports significant exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of the visit
  • Thorough hand hygiene must be performed before entering and upon leaving the patient’s room
  • A surgical mask is to be worn at all times; one will be provided if needed
  • Additional Personal Protective Equipment will be provided, if indicated
  • Once in the facility, the visitor must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit, except when requested to leave by the staff

“We recognize that patients who have visitors generally do better and make a faster recovery,” said Richard J. Murphy, Mount Sinai South Nassau’s President and CEO. “We are as anxious as our patients to reunite them with their loved ones. This is another important step toward returning our hospital to more normal operations. We always operate with our patients’ needs foremost in all we do and having family members present at the bedside is at the top of our list.”

The hospital continues to closely monitor the coronavirus situation and its visitor policy may be altered as the need arises. These new visiting rules are in effect to keep all patients, including your loved one, safe from germs. If you have a cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home.

The hospital is taking extraordinary measures to provide a safe and sterile environment for patients, visitors, and staff, thoroughly cleaning and sterilizing all units and departments (as well as its comprehensive network of outpatient specialized health care centers).  While a small number of COVID-19 patients are still being treated at Mount Sinai South Nassau, they are isolated from non-COVID-19 patients. The Emergency Department also is screening patients seeking emergency treatment, so non-COVID-19 patients and staff can be in a safe environment.

Patients visiting the hospital for any procedure, oncology or infusion treatment, or surgery are required to undergo pre-procedure COVID-19 testing at a new drive-up COVID-19 testing site in the hospital’s Washington Avenue parking lot. The test must be performed no more than two days before the procedure.

For more information about COVID-19, go to www.mountsinai.org/southnassau.

<i>This release was updated July 7, 2020 to reflect current visiting policy.</i>