Guthrie Updates Visitor Guidelines

December 7, 2021

Guthrie remains committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of our patients, staff and visitors. The organization continues to closely monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in the communities it serves and follow state and federal guidelines in order to safely care for its patients.

Guthrie has updated its visitor policy. The updated guidelines as of Wednesday, Dec. 8 are as follows:

All visitors must wear a mask. Visitors to a COVID unit must wear a procedural mask, gloves and gown. Visitors to our New York hospitals will be screened for temperature and COVID symptoms.

Inpatients may have visitors between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Two visitors are allowed, and we strongly encourage that these visitors be the same two people throughout the patient’s stay. Visitors should leave the facility when not visiting a patient.

Visitors are also allowed in the following situations:

  • An OB patient may be accompanied by two persons which would include one visitor and a doula or two visitors if you do not have a doula.
  • A pediatric patient may have two visitors.
  • Surgical/procedural outpatients may have one visitor during intake and discharge.
  • Emergency department patients may have one visitor.
  • Other situations with extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Please do not visit if you have a fever over 100 degrees, if you have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID in the past 14 days. Only visitors age 12 and over are permitted to visit.

While Guthrie understands and appreciates how difficult these restrictions can be, these efforts, along with the cooperation of the community, are vital to slowing the spread of infection in our region. 

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from a twelve-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., Troy, Pa. and Cortland, N.Y., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of nearly 700 providers offering 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 22 communities in Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie is dedicated to training the next generation of health care leaders, offering seven residencies, three fellowships, and serving as a regional campus for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Guthrie provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.