Erie County Medical Center suspends all visitation except for medical necessities

Posted at 7:32 PM, Mar 18, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Medical Center announced on Wednesday that it will suspend all visits, except those that are medically necessary, in order to comply with the New York State Department of Health.

A necessary visit includes "family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of life situations." ECMC says that the measure is meant to protect both their patients and staff.

Even in situations that would allow visitors, ECMC says that screenings for COVID-19 symptoms or potential exposure will be conducted. Additionally, overall visit duration and visit quantity will be reduced.

"Patients and their families and loved ones have been advised to communicate via telephone and when possible via features like FaceTime. ECMC will assist patients with technology who do not have personal devices," a release states.

Anyone with any questions can call the numbers below:

  • Critical Care/Emergency Room: 716-821-2788
  • Medical Surgical/All Other: 716-821-2762
  • Behavioral Health (Inpatient & Outpatient): 716-341-7082