(WWLP) – New visitation policies go into affect Tuesday morning at all Baystate Health locations; the hospital system sites the “extremely contagious delta variant circulating in the communities it serves” as the reason.
Currently, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, and Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer are considered red tier.
Changes to those hospitals visitor policy include:
- One allowed visitor per day for patients who are not in the ICU. Previously multiple visitors were allowed per day, but only one at a time.
- Two visitors per day for patients in the ICU, previously two at a time.
- One parent or guardian at a time for pediatric patients, which was two guardians at a time before. A visitor may be a relative, partner, friend or anyone the patient chooses to have at their side during care.
Baystate Franklin Medical Center is considered a yellow tier, meaning one visitor is only allowed at a time for patients not in the ICU.
The hospital system is now caring for 104 COVID-19 patients with 12 in critical care units as of Tuesday. The majority of those patients are at Baystate Medical Center with 82 patients.
Visiting hours are still from noon to 8 p.m. Additionally, no one under the age of 18 is allowed to visit. Exceptions can be made for end of life situations.