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SBUH Visitor Policy Update: Action taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19


Stony Brook Medicine Media Contact: Kali Chan


Cell Phone: 631.487.4092


SBUH Visitor Policy Update

Action taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Due to increasing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Stony Brook Medicine is adapting its policies and procedures with the goal of keeping patients, families and staff safe. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) has revised visitor policies. Effective March 13, 2020, patient visitation will not be permitted until further notice. Patients and family members are encouraged to communicate using the bedside phone, mobile phone, FaceTime, Skype or any other technological device to help connect during this time. For patients who are unable to communicate with their families due to their medical condition, we will communicate with their healthcare proxy to keep them informed and provide an update about their loved ones care.

While we understand the important role that family members and visitors play in a patient’s healing process, this is a necessary step we need to take at this time for our adult units. There are exceptions in Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, Maternity and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and on a case by case basis.

For those who are experiencing influenza-like symptoms and seek care at Stony Brook University Hospital, the guidance is to drive up to the Emergency Department — do not exit the vehicle — and a staff member will greet the patient, screen for symptoms, and provide advice as to next steps.

Stony Brook Medicine’s top priority is keeping patients, staff, visitors and the community safe. The medical staff is highly trained at screening for and managing infectious diseases to limit the spread of a virus. That said, in response to the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Stony Brook is prepared, should the need arise, to treat COVID-19 patients, following CDC and New York State Department of Health guidelines including recommended isolation and infection control procedures.

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About Stony Brook University Hospital

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 624 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit

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