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Rochester Regional Health suspends visitation at all hospitals as COVID cases surge

Coronavirus cases are surging across the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York. Some regions – like the Finger Lakes, Western New York, and Central New York are seeing significant increases in volume of cases – to the point that Governor Andrew Cuomo has said new restrictions are likely on Monday.

Ahead of that move, effective Sunday at 7 p.m. – visitation is being suspended at all Rochester Regional Health facilities. This includes hospitals operated by the local healthcare giant.

Specifically Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital, UMMC, Clifton Springs, and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

Newark-Wayne was already under the guidance following a spike in cases connected to a nursing home in Newark.


Limited visitation will be allowed in the following cases:

  • Pediatric patients may have one support person on-site at a time. Two support people can alternate visitation.
  • Obstetrical patients may have one on-site support person and a doula.
  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and cognitive impairments, including dementia or who have conditions protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, may have a support person who is medically necessary for their care.
  • Visitation at end of life.

In the above cases, visitation will only be allowed under the following conditions:

  • Visitors/support people will have their temperature checked before entering the hospital and then again every 12 hours while in a clinical area.
  • If a visitor/support person has a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or more) or displays symptoms, they are not allowed into the hospital.