NHCC Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people that manifest in flu-like symptoms. On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.
What are the symptoms?
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person. This can happen between people who are close in contact (within 6 feet of each other), or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It also seems to spread easily through communities (“community spread”), which means people have been infected with the virus in an area.
Some spread of COVID-19 may be possible before people show symptoms as well.
How can I protect myself?
- Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people, especially to avoid community spread.
How can I protect others?
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and immediately wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick.
- Clean AND disinfect surfaces daily.
What should I do if I have these symptoms?
Please seek medical attention. Call your healthcare provider first to alert them of your recent travel history and/or symptoms.
If you are a patient coming to Nassau University Medical Center, and have and of these symptoms, please tell the staff immediately.
Who is most at risk?
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
What is our visitor policy?
New York State has declared a State of Emergency due to COVID-19.
NHCC continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus to make the best decisions for the safety and well being of our patients and staff.
Effective April 1, 2021, NUMC visitation is as follows:
- Visitation hours are 2 pm – 6 pm (1400 – 1800)
- Each patient may have up to TWO visitors at a time
- Inpatient visitation is only allowed in non-COVID units
Additionally, all visitors must adhere to the following practices:
- All visitors are to enter through Carman Avenue entrance and subject to screenings. NHCC has the right to refuse individual visitors based upon screening results as the health and safety of our patients and care is our priority.
- Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and/or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as instructed by NUMC staff. Visitors who fail to wear a mask and other PPE as required will be asked to leave the facility.
- Visitors must remain in the patient’s room during the duration of their visit except when directed by hospital staff to leave during aerosol-generating procedures or others procedures as directed by NUMC staff
- Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the lobby areas
- All visitors must be greater than 18 years of age except as determined by NUMC
- NUMC encourages visitors to remain closely connected to their loved ones through virtual visual means such as Skype or FaceTime
Where can I learn more?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- New York State Department of Health
- Nassau County Department of Health