Lewis County Health System suspending visitation due to local uptick in COVID-19 cases

LOWVILLE, NY  ─ Due to the uncontained COVID cluster that has evolved over the past week in Lewis County, Lewis County Health System will be suspending all visitation, effective immediately.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to climb and has nearly doubled in the last eight days.

As of 6:00 PM last evening, 570 residents of Lewis County were in quarantine, 46 residents were under isolation, 23 pending cases, and a total of 117 confirmed cases in Lewis County — it was 69 last weekend.

The health system is suspending visitation out of an abundance of caution and effective immediately, the hospital will only be allowing visits for things like end of life (compassion) visits, pediatrics, maternity (labor coach partner), and other patients unable to speak for themselves.

The hospital continues to take additional COVID-19 precautions, including:
 COVID-19 screening at the door
 Temperature monitoring for staff and patients who enter the facility
 Face masks provided to all, regardless of symptoms
 Proper PPE for all staff
 6 feet spacing of chairs in hospital waiting rooms
 Frequent disinfecting and cleaning

“This local COVID cluster is real and is having a profound impact on our community,” stated Gerald R. Cayer, LCHS Chief Executive Officer. “We will continue to monitor and respond to the situation, and thank you in advance for understanding the seriousness of this outbreak as we work to keep your family members, friends, and our health system workforce safe.”