As COVID numbers improve, Bridgeport Hospital lifts some visitor restrictions

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Exterior of Bridgeport Hospital, in Bridgeport, Conn. June 22, 2017.

Exterior of Bridgeport Hospital, in Bridgeport, Conn. June 22, 2017.

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BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport Hospital is lifting some of its COVID-19 visitor restrictions in response to a falling number of coronavirus patients and community cases.

The hospital instituted strict visitor guidelines in November, limiting in-person patient visitation only “to special circumstances for the safety and well-being of patients and staff as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a news release.

But, as of Monday, patients in the following categories will be allowed one visitor per day, during the specified times: intensive care units, from 2 to 6 p.m.; inpatient units (for patients with a length of stay of eight days or more) from 2 to 6 p.m.; inpatient psychiatry, from 4 to 6 p.m.; inpatients with a planned surgery or procedure, the day before the surgery; patients with same-day surgery may have one visitor or support person with them while receiving treatment and emergency department patients are allowed a support person for the duration of their visit.

These new rules are only for non-COVID patients, and no visitor swapping or rotation will be permitted, with the exception of end-of-life patients.

“Bridgeport Hospital will continue to monitor trends and new developments with regards to COVID-19 and adjust the visitation policies accordingly,” the hospital stated in the news release. “Having the support of family members or care partners can enhance outcomes and the overall patient experience. These guidelines balance safety with the provision of compassionate and patient-centered care.”