North Wing nursing home at Medina hospital has new guidelines from state for visitors

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 September 2020 at 3:10 pm

Visitors must show negative Covid-19 test within 7 days of visit

MEDINA – Visitors to see any of the 30 residents in the North Wing at Medina Memorial Hospital will have to follow new state guidelines beginning on Thursday.

The North Wing is a residential care facility on the second floor of the hospital.

The executive order from the state includes a new requirement that any visiors must show a verified negative test for Covid-19 within the past seven days.

Other guidelines for nursing homes that have been Covid-free for at least 14 days include:

• Visitors, including long-term care ombudsman, are screened for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 prior to resident access.

• If a visitor doesn’t show a verified negative Covid-19 test within the last 7 days, the visitation must be refused. Visitors also must be refused if they exhibit any Covid-19 symptoms or do not pass screening questions.

“We understand this is an added step in the efforts to visit your loved ones but we must maintain strict compliance with the state,” Sarah Bateman, North Wing administrator, said in a notice to the community. “We thank you for your continued cooperation, and we remain committed to your loved one’s care and well-being.”

For information on where to be tested, Orleans Community Health recommends reaching out to a primary care physician, Orleans County Department of Health at (585) 589-7000 Ext 9, and WellNow Urgent Care in Batavia: (585) 201-5598.

For Covid-19 testing and locations, click here. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State Covid-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website.

For additional questions, contact Sarah Hallifax Bateman: (585) 301-1151, Rebecca Mannella: (585) 798-8127 or Niccole Moore: (585) 798-8120.

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