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ECMC suspends patient visitation based on NYSDOH guidance

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 16:21:44-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — ECMC announced Wednesday it is suspending patient visitations after portions of Erie County were designated as an Orange Zone due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases.

ECMC says the decision is based on guidance from the New York State Department of Health.

Officials say all patient visitations have been suspended except in medically necessary or end-of-life compassionate care cases.

Also, no support persons will be allowed in the trauma and emergency departments except when deemed medically necessary.

Elective and inpatient surgeries will continue at this time but patients having a same-day procedure may have only one designated support person through the initial intake process and then rejoin the patient at discharge.

"ECMC is currently caring for 18 COVID-19 patients and the institution has enough PPE, beds, and ventilators to care for them and all other patients. ECMC has also met and exceeded the 90-day state requirement for PPE and is currently using less than 30% of its ventilators," a release states.