Revised visitor policy and COVID-19 information


Effective November 8, 2021

General Visitation to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital
Safety for our patients, their loved ones and our staff is our top priority. Based on guidelines from the New York State Department of Health, we are allowing in-person visitation to our inpatient units. Only two visitors can visit each day per patient between the hours of 1 pm and 8 pm. These two visitors cannot rotate with other visitors throughout the day. In addition, patients who have tested positive for COVID are not permitted to have visitors.

All visitors to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit. Results from a self-administered COVID-19 test or positive antibody test will not be accepted.

Exceptions will be made for: 

•    Visitors of:
o    Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
o    Patients with cognitive impairments, including dementia
o    Patients in imminent end-of-life situations or who need compassionate care
o    Pediatric patients

All visitors must adhere to screening, handwashing and infection control guidelines. A mask must be worn at all times, including in the patient’s room. 

No eating or drinking is permitted in the patient’s room. 

Visitors will not be allowed to visit patients with COVID-19; however, we will continue to facilitate virtual visitation.

•    Inpatient Adult Psychiatry: Two visitors per patient are allowed from 2 to 3 pm.

Surgical/Procedural Areas 
One visitor may accompany the patient.

Emergency Department
One visitor per patient in the Emergency Department at the discretion of the Supervisor and ED. ED visitor (only 1 per patient and maintaining social distancing) can use the ED waiting room after being screened and temperature taken. 

Support Persons
Hospitals permit support persons at the patient bedside as per the NYS Department of Health guidelines for:
•    Patients for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care of the patient (medically necessary), including patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia
•    Patients in imminent end-of-life situations

Additional Guidelines

All Visitors:
•    Must provide your name and telephone number at the desk entrance (Main Lobby and ED Entrance) in the event contact tracing is required.
•    Must limit belongings to electronics, necessary undergarments and any specific toiletries for the patient.
•    Will be required to constantly wear a snug-fitting face covering/mask that fully covers your nose and mouth while in the facility or will be declined visitation. Ear loop masks will be provided by the hospital.
•    Will undergo symptom and temperature checks via thermal scanning upon entering the hospital (please remove hats). You will also be asked health screening questions.
•    Must remain in the patient room except when entering and exiting the hospital.
•    Must practice hand hygiene and wash with soap and water for 20 seconds or sanitize your hands when entering and exiting a patient’s room.
•    When visiting patients with COVID-19 must wear additional required PPE and stop at the nursing station before entering the patient’s room.
•    May be further restricted by any of the following: clinical condition/status at the time of the visit; high risk of transmission to others; guidelines issued by a regulatory agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NYS Department of Health or The Joint Commission); or assessment from the medical team.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time. We know how important your family members and loved ones are to a patient’s healing process and want to ensure a safe environment for everyone.