The Upper Allegheny Health System is taking the following proactive approaches at Olean General Hospital and the Bradford Regional Medical Center, according to a Friday press release from Janene Coldren, communications specialist:

The Pavilion at BRMC has discontinued patient visiting hours.

Both hospitals will remain open for outpatient services. However, people will be screened for respiratory symptoms and fever.

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Those coming to the hospitals will be required to enter through the main door.

Starting on Monday, both hospitals will discontinue patient visiting hours with exceptions for patients in the critical care units and end-of-life and comfort-care patients. Also, obstetric patients are permitted the company of the fathers or labor coaches, and each pediatric patient may have a parent or guardian stay with them.

Those already hospitalized will receive letters to allow them time to tell family and friends that they will not be able to visit them starting Monday.

Coldren pointed out that there had been no confirmed cases in Cattaraugus County or McKean County and that testing for Coronavirus is not yet commercially available and is controlled by health departments. Patients should contact their primary care providers by phone to determine if testing is appropriate.

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