Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth (BID – Plymouth), part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, is restricting visitors due to the evolving health crisis associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a statement, the hospital administration said it “has robust processes and protocols to ensure we can assess and care for patients and to protect other patients, staff and visitors.”
Exceptions may be made to allow for no more than one healthy visitor at a time per patient in certain limited circumstances, such as the birth of a child, to support a patient at the end of life or to accommodate a caretaker for essential needs. Decisions regarding visitor exceptions will be made by the patient’s care team on a case-by-case basis, and any visitors will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors.
“We greatly appreciate the tremendous contributions being made by our health care workers, staff and community members during this challenging and rapidly evolving situation. These visitor restrictions will help protect our patients, their loved ones, our employees and the community as a whole,” says Donna Doherty, RN, vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Each of us has a role to play during this pandemic – we must all continue to take care of each other and follow the instructions of our public health officials.”
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For the latest information on COVID-19 in Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts Department of Health website. Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).