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New Restrictions for Visitors, Support Persons and Essential Care Providers

Posted Dec 27th, 2021

As cases of COVID-19 increase in the hospital and in the community, it is important that we maintain a safe environment for staff, physicians, patients and families. To reduce traffic in the hospital and minimize the spread of COVID-19, Niagara Health is implementing new restrictions for visitors, support persons and Essential Care Partners.

Effective Tuesday, Dec. 28, 12:01 a.m.:

  • We will not permit visitors into the hospital;
  • Essential Care Partners (ECPs) must be fully vaccinated and will only be permitted at the bedside with patients with a length of stay of seven days or more;
  • Support persons will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Please see Visitor Information for details.

“We regret the inconvenience this will cause patients and their loved ones, but these measures are needed for everyone’s safety,” says Linda Boich, Executive Vice President, Quality and Mental Health & Addictions, Executive Lead, Integrated Care. “We recognize the importance of patients having support on their care journey and look forward to lifting restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so. We thank the community for their understanding and co-operation.”

Niagara Health regularly reviews and updates its safety measures based on COVID-19 activity to ensure the hospital remains a safe environment.

For further updates on our visitor guidelines, how to become an Essential Care Partner, and other COVID-19 related information, please visit our Visitor Information page

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