Revised visitor policy and COVID-19 information

Covid - 19 Vaccine Program

Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page for important facts to help you understand and navigate the process when you are eligible to receive a vaccine.

Updated April 14, 2021

Information About the Janssen Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

On April 13, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a joint statement about the Janssen Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. Specifically, they reported that out of the approximately 6.8 million doses administered as of April 12, they are reviewing the occurrence of a rare type of blood clot that developed in six women between the ages of 18 and 48. Known as a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), this blood clot was also accompanied by low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).  

The CDC and FDA are each investigating these cases and until they have completed their review, they have recommended a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution.    

In spite of this very rare occurrence, it’s important to know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. The CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are able.  

If you have received the J&J vaccine and develop any of the symptoms listed below within three weeks after vaccination, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately:

  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

   
Additional symptoms of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis include:

  • Abnormal vision
  • Symptoms of stroke, such as weakness of the face and limbs, altered mental status and seizures
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness  


If you are scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider, vaccination location or clinic to learn about alternative vaccine availability. We strongly encourage individuals to become vaccinated because of the significant role this plays in helping to keep us all healthy, protected and well.  

We will continue to follow federal and New York State guidance on all COVID-related vaccine and safety issues and will update this site as conditions develop. 

 

 

Revised Visitor Policy 

Updated April 1, 2021

Effective April 1, 2021


The New York State Department of Health has updated its guidance on visitation to hospitals and has allowed each hospital to adapt these guidelines accordingly. For now, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital is continuing to limit visitation as part of a gradual, phased approach.

Given the high incidence of COVID-19 that remains in Suffolk County, we must continue to restrict our visitors to prevent any risks of spreading the disease. The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority.

At Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, one patient support person is permitted at the patient bedside for:

  •  Patients in imminent end-of-life situations


Requests for support person visitation are only approved after a clinical assessment of the patient has determined that the visit is medically necessary.   


One person is also permitted 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 receiving a same-day surgical procedure. Due to limited space and the need to social distance, you may accompany your loved one until the procedure begins. You may wait outside or in your car and we will contact you upon completion of the procedure to return to the patient at discharge.

Visitation continues to be restricted in the Emergency Department*, only one visitor per pediatric patient is allowed in the ED, parent or caregiver only.

*Exceptions will be made for patients with intellectual, developmental or other cognitive disability, and patients in imminent end-of-life situations.

We know that visits from family members and friends are important part of patient care and understand the tremendous effect they have in the healing process of patients. We are continuously assessing the situation and will make any updates as events change. We realize that this is an extremely challenging time for you and your loved ones in the hospital and appreciate your understanding so that we can ensure a safe environment for our patients, staff and the community.


For all approved visitation:

  • Provide us with your name and telephone number at the Information Desk in the event contact tracing is required.
  • You are discouraged from coming into the hospital with any type of large bag (tote bag, backpacks, overnight bags, etc.).
  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth. Masks will be provided by the hospital. You must wear your masks the entire visit, including while in a patient’s room. If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.
  • You will undergo symptom and temperature checks via thermal scanning when entering the hospital (please remove hats). You will also be asked health screening questions. 
  • Remain in the patient’s room for your entire visit. 
  • Practice good hand hygiene and wash with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient’s room.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet throughout the visit.


During this time when you cannot be with your loved ones in person, please connect with them through the patient’s bedside phone, cell phone, FaceTime or other means of communication. 

Thank you for your support in helping us to provide a safe and healing environment for everyone.

 

Efectivo a partir del 1 de abril de 2021


El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York ha actualizado su guía sobre visitas a hospitales y ha permitido que cada hospital adapte estas pautas en consecuencia. Por ahora, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital continúa limitando las visitas como parte de un enfoque gradual y por fases.


Dada la alta incidencia de COVID-19 que permanece en el condado de Suffolk, debemos continuar restringiendo a nuestros visitantes para prevenir cualquier riesgo de propagación de la enfermedad. La seguridad de nuestros pacientes y personal es nuestra máxima prioridad.


En Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, se permite una persona de apoyo al paciente junto a la cama del paciente para:

  • Pacientes en situaciones inminentes al final de su vida

Las solicitudes de visitas de personas de apoyo solo se aprueban después de que una evaluación clínica del paciente haya determinado que la visita es médicamente necesaria.


También se permite una persona para:

  • Pacientes para quienes se ha determinado que una persona de apoyo es esencial para el cuidado del paciente (médicamente necesario), incluidos los pacientes con discapacidades intelectuales y / o del desarrollo y los pacientes con discapacidades cognitivas, incluida la demencia.
  • Pacientes que se someten a un procedimiento quirúrgico el mismo día. Debido al espacio limitado y la necesidad de distanciamiento social, puede acompañar a su ser querido hasta que comience el procedimiento. Puede esperar afuera o en su automóvil y nos comunicaremos con usted al finalizar el procedimiento para regresar con el paciente al momento del alta.

Las visitas continúan estando restringidas en el Departamento de Emergencias *, solo se permite una visita por paciente pediátrico en el Departamento de Emergencias, solo los padres o el cuidador.

* Se harán excepciones para pacientes con discapacidad intelectual, del desarrollo u otra discapacidad cognitiva, y pacientes en situaciones inminentes al final de la vida.

Sabemos que las visitas de familiares y amigos son una parte importante del cuidado del paciente y entendemos el tremendo efecto que tienen en el proceso de curación de los pacientes. Estamos evaluando continuamente la situación y haremos actualizaciones a medida que cambien los eventos. Sabemos que este es un momento extremadamente desafiante para usted y sus seres queridos en el hospital y agradecemos su comprensión para que podamos garantizar un entorno seguro para nuestros pacientes, el personal y la comunidad.


Para todas las visitas aprobadas:

  • Proporcione su nombre y número de teléfono en el mostrador de información en caso de que sea necesario rastrear los contactos.
  • No se le recomienda que ingrese al hospital con cualquier tipo de bolso grande (bolso de mano, mochilas, bolsas de viaje, etc.).
  • Use una mascarilla que cubra completamente su nariz y boca. Las mascarillas serán proporcionadas por el hospital. Debe usar sus máscaras durante toda la visita, incluso mientras se encuentre en la habitación del paciente. Si no usa una máscara, se le pedirá que se vaya.
  • Se someterá a controles de temperatura y síntomas mediante escaneo térmico al ingresar al hospital (quítese el sombrero). También se le harán preguntas sobre exámenes de salud.
  • Permanezca en la habitación del paciente durante toda su visita.
  • Practique una buena higiene de manos y lávese con agua y jabón durante 20 segundos o use desinfectante de manos al entrar y salir de la habitación de un paciente.
  • Mantenga un distanciamiento social de al menos 6 pies durante toda la visita.

Durante este tiempo, cuando no pueda estar con sus seres queridos en persona, conéctese con ellos a través del teléfono de cabecera del paciente, el teléfono celular, FaceTime u otros medios de comunicación.

Gracias por su apoyo para ayudarnos a brindar un entorno seguro y curativo para todos.