HOLYOKE, MA – March 10, 2020 – In light of the exponential spread of COVID-19 infections nationally and internationally as well as reported cases in Massachusetts, Holyoke Medical Center is taking measures to minimize traffic and potential exposure in our hospital in order to reduce the risk to our patients and staff.
Effective immediately, no visitors will be allowed into any inpatient or outpatient unit at Holyoke Medical Center. Policies for patients arriving at our Emergency Department will allow for minors to be accompanied by one parent. For adults arriving at our Emergency Department, one adult visitor will be allowed into the waiting room. No visitors, other than an adult accompanying a minor, will be allowed into the treatment areas of the Emergency Department. The Maternity Unit will allow for one birthing partner only.
In specific circumstances, exceptions will be made on a one-to-one basis such as end-of-life care or a patient in need of a medical guardian/decision-maker. Patients and families are encouraged to discuss any special requirements with a member of our patient care staff.