TORRINGTON — Charlotte Hungerford Hospital began easing some COVID-19 restrictions for visitors on Feb. 13. The hospital, at 540 Litchfield Street, has updated its visitor policy which continues to be affected by the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors are now allowed for COVID negative patients: Inpatient floors (4, 5, 6) and ICU areas Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. One visitor is allowed at a time for a one-hour visit and only one visitor is allowed per double occupancy room. Visitors may experience a wait time at the front lobby area. For the maternity floor 3, one support person is allowed to be present from arrival for birth to transition home. Escorts may accompany patients for surgical/procedural, laboratory and blood drawing, radiology and physician office visits.

Visitors are not allowed in the Emergency Department or in COVID-19 positive areas until further notice due to space constraints and limited social distancing availability. Special exceptions for hospitalized patients may be made at the discretion of clinical leadership.

For the Behavioral Health Unit, limited clinical exceptions may be made per medical provider.

This policy change applies to the main hospital building. The CHH campus Medical Office Building and all other CHH offsite facilities and provider practices including the Center for Cancer Care are not affected at this time.

All incoming patients/escorts coming through the main entrance must have a health screening, temperature check, and wear a face mask. Any visitor/escort who has traveled to one of the CT travel advisory listed states will not be permitted to remain on site.

Patients with disabilities that may include, but not be limited to, altered mental status, physical, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers or behavioral concerns, who need assistance due to the specifics of their disability, may have one designated support person with them to support their disability related needs. Support person or persons must screen negative daily.

Individuals are asked not to visit the hospital if they are ill or have symptoms of cold or flu. No visitors are allowed under the age of 16. Exceptions may be made for end of life patients.

Other restrictions include:

• Turner Coe Annex entrance is open to patients and their escorts only. All patients will be health screened and have their temperature taken.

• Outpatient/blood draw entrance is open for Quest Diagnostics/blood drawing and patient pickup. All patients will be health screened and temperature checked.

For more information, visit dedicated coronavirus websites in English at www.hartfordhealthcare.org/coronavirus and Spanish at https://espanol.hartfordhealthcare.org/pacientes-y-visitas/coronavirus-covid-19. Or call CHH’s 24-hour coronavirus hotline, 860-972-8100 or, toll-free, 833-621-0600.

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