With Covid cases on the rise, MSSN limits hospital visitors


Citing the rapid rise of Omicron-variant Covid cases, Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital is halting most visitors to its emergency departments in Oceanside and Long Beach and its infusion center, and limiting hours in other areas of the hospital, effective Dec. 21.

Only one healthy adult parent or caregiver will be allowed to accompany a pediatric patient in the emergency departments. Beyond that, no visitors will be allowed in the emergency rooms.

Visiting hours for medical, surgical and critical-care units will be noon to 6 p.m. Only one healthy adult visitor per patient will be allowed per day.

Visitation for patients in the transitional-care unit, or rehabilitation center, will be by appointment only between 2 and 8 p.m.

Any visitors will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test collected within 72 hours of their visit. Visitors also must have completed the vaccination process, both doses, at least two weeks before their visit. A vaccinated individual must have had either two doses of Moderna, two doses of Pfizer, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson with a Moderna or Pfizer booster.