• November 2, 2020

    Rome Memorial Hospital suspends routine visitation in fight against coronavirus

    Out of an abundance of caution, Rome Memorial Hospital is suspending all routine inpatient hospital visitation, effective Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, as a result of an increasing number of COVID cases in the community.

    At this time, nursing home visitation will continue by appointment, under the state’s most current safety precautions, which require proof of a negative COVID test to protect residents.

    “Out of an abundance of caution, Rome Memorial Hospital will join with other regional hospitals and restrict hospital visitors for everyone’s protection,” said Director of Infection Prevention Emma Ingalls, RN.

    “We monitor the county’s COVID dashboard regularly. In the last week, the number of positive COVID cases in the county has been increasing. Because people may have COVID before they experience any symptoms, we are taking proactive steps to protect those who are most vulnerable,” she said.

    The hospital will allow limited exceptions for medically-necessary support and special circumstances. Exceptions to the hospital visitor restrictions include:

    • Maternity Department (Support person)
    • Emergency Department (Support person)
    • Pediatric patients (Support person)
    • Surgical patients (Support person)
    • End of life care
    • Patients for whom a support person has been determined essential to the care of patient (medically necessary).
    • At the time of patient discharge

    For the above exceptions,

    • Only ONE person is allowed for the duration of the visit.
    • Visitors MUST be 18 or older.
    • Visitors MUST be immediate family members, powers of attorney, guardians or patient representatives.
    • Visitors MUST be cleared through the screening process.
    Nursing Home Visitors by Appointment Only
    • Appointments may be made by contacting the Activities Department at (315) 338-7292.
    • Visitors must provide proof of a confirmed negative COVID test within 7 days of the scheduled visit.
    Everyone entering the building must:
    • Be screened for symptoms upon entry.
    • Wear a mask at all times.
    • Maintain 6 feet of physical distancing.
    • Wash their hands with soap and water frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Assess their own health and if at risk for illness, or have any symptoms, stay home.

    “Protecting the health and well-being of our patients and caregivers is our top priority as our community works together to slow the spread of the virus,” Ingalls said.

    COVID-19 Symptoms

    COVID-19 presents with a wide range of symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19.
    Fever or chills
    Cough
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    Fatigue
    Muscle or body aches
    Headache
    New loss of taste or smell
    Sore throat
    Congestion or runny nose
    Nausea or vomiting
    Diarrhea

    This list does not include all possible symptoms.