Rising COVID-19 cases trigger no-visitor policy at Danbury, New Milford hospitals
As of Friday, no visitors will be permitted for any inpatients at Danbury and New Milford hospitals unless extenuating circumstances apply.
Nuvance Health’s Western Connecticut Medical Group said the policy is because of an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Danbury area.
“This is out of an abundance of caution and to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our patients and staff,” Nuvance Health said.
Under extenuating circumstances, two support persons are permitted. Only one is allowed in the hospital at a time.
“The patient’s care team will determine if extenuating circumstances apply and discuss these with the patient and their support person(s),” Nuvance said.
Extenuating circumstances that would allow visitors include: Imminent end-of-life, patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, patients with cognitive impairments including dementia, patients with behavioral concerns, patients who need communication support and patients who need assistance due to the specifics of their disability.
Other hospitals in Nuvance Health’s Western Connecticut Medical Group have already had a no-visitors policy.
Nowalk Hospital’s no-visitors policy — unless extenuating circumstances apply — took effect Oct. 18.
That same no-visitors policy went into effect at Sharon Hospital on Oct. 16.
Connecticut’s COVID-19 positivity rate reached 6.1 percent Thursday, the highest since June, prompting a grim Gov. Ned Lamont to say the second wave of the pandemic is upon us.
“Red alert” municipalities — those with an average of 15 new cases per day per 100,000 population in the two weeks ending Oct. 24 — increased to 30 from 19 a week ago. The numbers don’t include cases in prisons or long-term care facilities.
Among southwestern Connecticut communities, the 30 red-alerts include Bridgeport, Stamford and Ansonia, joining Danbury and Norwalk from last week.
To read the complete visitors policy, visit https://www.westernconnecticuthealthnetwork.org/novel-coronavirus-covid19-update/visitation-policy