SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – No visitors are allowed at any Baystate Hospital due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus.

According to Baystate Medical Center’s spokesperson Keith O’Connor, the visitor policies have been updated for Baystate Medical Center and Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield and Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield.

Baystate Health is implementing the policy to help reduce patient and employee exposure to COVID-19.

The following exceptions are at the discretion of Baystate Health and will be screened prior to visitation:

  • One parent or guardian for a patient under the age of 18
  • One birthing partner for a woman in labor
  • One person at a time for a hospice or end of life patient
  • One clergy member for an end of life patient
  • One caretaker for a completely depending patient