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Catholic Health suspending most visitations at its hospitals

The entrance to Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Catholic Health System

Catholic Health has announced it is temporarily suspending visitations at its hospitals, with few exceptions, beginning Friday.

This is in response to the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and the high rate of COVID-19 transmission throughout Western New York.

The new regulations are for Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus.

Exceptions to the visitor restrictions will be made for patients receiving end-of-life care, for birth partners of maternity patients and for essential support persons of patients with special needs, including those with mental or physical disabilities. Emergency Department and surgical patients may have one support person accompany them to the hospital with certain limitations.

All visitors will be subject to a verbal health screening, temperature scan and other infection control protocols.