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Area hospitals expand visitation


Both UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health hospitals are updating their visitation policies based on new state guidelines that permit additional flexibility, as cases of COVID-19 have declined and vaccine becomes more widely available in the region.

Most UR Medicine hospitals are now allowing a patient’s two designated visitors to see the patient on the same day.

At Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital and F.F. Thompson Hospital, visitors can see the patient on the same day, but not at the same time. At Noyes and St. James, two visitors at a time will be able to visit. At Jones Memorial Hospital, visitors will need to alternate days to visit. 

Strong Memorial and Highland visitation changes start Monday, April 5 at the start of their visiting hours. At Strong Memorial, visiting hours begin at 8 a.m.; at Highland, noon.

F.F. Thompson, Noyes, Jones and St. James enacted their new visitation rules on April 1.

Effective Monday, April 5, visitation at Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and United Memorial Medical Center will expand to allow a maximum of two visitors per patient per day for up to four hours each at the bedside. 

Due to social distancing concerns, only one visitor will be permitted at a time.  Visitors will be required to check in after being screened at the door.

You can get more information at the URMC and Rochester Regional websites.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.