As COVID Spikes, Bassett Closes To Visitors

Copper Fox Patrons Asked To Quarantine

As COVID-19 Spikes,

Bassett Closes To Visitors

COOPERSTOWN – With COVID-19 rates rising locally, Bassett Healthcare is restricting visitors at their hospitals to “only individuals considered essential to the medical care of a patient,” effective Monday, Nov. 23.

“The decision to limit the number of non-patients coming to our campuses is in the best interest of our patients, staff and the communities we serve,” explains Bassett Healthcare Network President and CEO Tommy Ibrahim, MD, MHA. “We will reassess the decision in two weeks, but given the significant increase in coronavirus cases throughout the state, we felt this was a prudent measure to take and it is in keeping with actions taken by other health systems in the region.”

“Essential” visitors include birth partners, parents/guardians of hospitalized children and those with a family member nearing the end of life. Other visitors will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Visitation is also suspended at the Fox Nursing Home.

Additionally, Heidi Bond, Otsego County Public Health Director, has asked that anyone who was at the Copper Fox, 7 Market St., Oneonta at any time between Thursday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 17, quarantine for seven days as a precaution after a “potential COVID exposure.”

“If you develop symptoms, it’s recommended that you get tested and isolate yourself,” she wrote in a release.

The bar will be closed for seven days for cleaning, and all staff will be tested.


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