New York-Presbyterian, a seven-campus system that has a combined 2,600 beds and over 20,000 employees, and sees more than 2 million visits a year, announced the decision in a tweet on Saturday.
“With our focus on the best interests of our new mothers and children, we have made the decision not to permit visitors, including birthing partners and support persons, for our obstetric patients,” the hospital said. “We understand that this will be difficult for our patients and their loved ones, but we believe that this is a necessary step to promote patient safety.”
The state of New York so far has 5% of the world’s coronavirus cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday, making it the center of the epidemic in the United States. As of Sunday night, the number of cases had jumped to nearly 17,000, with a hospitalization rate of about 13%, Cuomo said.
New York-Presbyterian campuses delivered at least 17,015 children in 2017, an average of 327 children per week, according to New York state Department of Health data.
Last week, the state Department of Health advised all New York hospitals to suspend all visitation “except when medically necessary (i.e., visitor is essential to the care of the patient) or for family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of-life situations.”