Adirondack Health to reinstate visitor limitations next week

Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake (Photo provided by Adirondack Health)

SARANAC LAKE — Beginning next week, Adirondack Health will limit hospital visitation to one designated visitor per patient, as COVID-19 positivity rates continue to increase in Franklin and Essex counties.

One designated visitor per patient at Adirondack Medical Center is permitted between the hours of 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week, beginning Monday, Aug. 23.

Exceptions for exigent circumstances will once again apply to minor, labor and delivery, or end-of-life patients, as well as those patients for whom a support person’s assistance is required to safely deliver care, such as patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Visitation is otherwise limited to one designated person for the duration of a given patient’s stay.

The decision to reinstate visitor limitations at Adirondack Medical Center follows substantial upticks in regional COVID-19 positivity rates.

Care partners are permitted to accompany patients to joint replacement and/or bariatric educational classes in the Redfield Boardroom, and to outpatient visits on a case-by-case basis.

All visitors must undergo COVID-19 health screenings and temperature checks at the AMC lobby entrance, and also provide their names, contact information, date(s) of their visit(s), and names of the patients they are visiting, in accordance with state health department requirements. All visitors will be provided, and must wear, appropriate personal protective equipment, as recommended by the state health department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.