3/24/2020

Visitor Restrictions

We continue to closely follow the recommendations and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State and Westchester County Health Departments and in accordance have updated our visitor restrictions as follows below. We will consider additional visitor restrictions as needed. We thank you for your understanding and compliance as we work together to keep our children, families and staff safe. If you have any questions regarding visitor restrictions, please contact our Social Work department at (914) 831-2439.

Inpatient Hospital

  • Beginning on Friday, March 20, visitors to inpatients will be limited to one designated healthy adult. This visitor can be a parent, guardian or adult designated by the parent/appointed caregiver. This allows families to choose who is most supportive of them while still reducing the overall numbers of visitors.
  • No children under 18, including siblings, will be allowed in the building.
  • One designated adult is currently allowed to stay overnight with their child.
  • Designated visitors may enter the building between 9:00 am and 9:00 p.m. They must check in with Security, and undergo a brief health screening. All visitors will be required to sign in and out every time they enter or exit the building.
  • Groups are no longer permitted to congregate in shared spaces, including the cafeteria, lobby, or Family Resource Center.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Pediatric Long Term Care Pavilion

In an abundance of caution amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, the NYS Department of Health has made the proactive decision to temporarily restrict visitors to all skilled nursing facilities. Effective Friday, March 13 at 5:00 p.m., The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Pediatric Long Term Care Pavilion will follow this directive. Please note all visitors (i.e., parents and caregivers) will be restricted from visiting until further notice. 

Mt. Pleasant Blythedale UFSD

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has declared a state of emergency and closed all schools in the county for 14 days. School will be closed from March 18 through March 31, 2020.

Day Hospital and Outpatient

Visitors accompanying Day Hospital patients or outpatients will be limited to one designated adult for each child. That visitor can be a parent, guardian or adult designated by the parent/appointed caregiver. No children under 18, including siblings, will be allowed in the building.

Others

Until further notice, there is a temporary suspension on all volunteer activity, tours and visits from outside groups and individuals (i.e. vendors and students).

Hospital-wide safeguards:

 The housekeeping staff continues to provide increased surface cleaning of high-touch areas with bleach-based products.

  • We will be actively screening all visitors upon entrance to the Hospital.
  • Staff continue to receive refresher education on proper infection control protocols.
  • Staff will wear face masks while on the inpatient units, Day Hospital, Therapy Village and anywhere else there is patient and resident interaction. We believe this will help reduce risk even further of any exposures.


Please be reassured that Blythedale has a meticulous hand-washing practice that prevents the spread of the virus. Washing hands, cleaning surfaces after patient contact, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing are all proven techniques to prevent infections. In fact, handwashing is the number one way to prevent all infections. In addition, all patient areas have convenient hand sanitizer stations and there are hand sanitizers located in the hallways throughout the building. While we can’t control the viruses that are appearing in our community, we can prevent them from infecting our patients, families and each other.

Blythedale Children’s Hospital and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Long Term Care Pavilion is committed to a rigorous infection control program to protect the health of your children. We thank you for your diligence in keeping our children, families and staff safe.

If you have any questions, please contact your Blythedale physician or the nursing director on your child’s patient care unit.