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Families with children in hospitals struggle with changing COVID visitation restrictions

Visitor restrictions are back at URMC hospitals located across the Greater Rochester Region. While there are some exceptions, a vast majority of visitation has been reduced in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19’s delta variant.

Local families, like the one News10NBC recently spoke to, said they feel anxious about the entire situation. Ethan Byrne’s daughter is in and out of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “When they first started restrictions, I was the only parent allowed, my wife didn’t get to see Charlotte we had to choose one of us to be with her,” he told News10NBC. Charlotte Byrne was diagnosed with holoprosencephaly.


That has an impact on brain development, and the issues surrounding treatment and hospital restrictions created a really difficult situation.

“They wouldn’t let me leave the room to get food, or I would order a meal and it just wouldn’t show up, it was kind of a nightmare so I hope they have things more figured out now,” Byrne added.

For adult COVID patients there will be no visitation allowed at URMC hospitals. For non-COVID patients they will have a total of two designated visitors, but can only have one visit per day.

Right now pediatric patients are an exception to existing rules. URMC operates Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, as well as several in the immediate Rochester area.

READ IT: URMC COVID-19 Visitation Policy



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