WESTFIELD- Baystate Noble Hospital is among the medical centers in the area that will no longer allow visitors for patients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baystate Health announced this week.
The no-visitor policy is aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus as more cases become confirmed across Massachusetts. Hampden County now has confirmed cases after weeks of being one of the few counties in the state with none.
“As we continue to look at the visitor policy to protect our patients, community, and employees, our policy has been updated to no visitors in the hospital,” said Baystate Noble Hospital’s Public Affairs Specialist Maura Tobias.
The policy is effective immediately. Tobias said that there are few exceptions to the new policy for specific cases.
The only visitors allowed in the hospital are as follows: 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 patient in hospice or at end of life, one clergy member for an end of life patient, and one caretaker for a completely dependent patient.
The announcement came as Baystate Medical Center in Springfield said they have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their facility.