Cayuga Health Statement Regarding Hospital Visitation

In response to the directive from NYS Department of Health, Cayuga Health is suspending all hospital visitation to Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital.


Contact: John Turner, Vice President of Public Relations

Cayuga Health

(607) 274-4498

Ithaca, NY

March 18, 2020, Ithaca, NY – Per today’s directive from the NYS Department of Health, effective immediately, we are suspending all hospital visitation to Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital except when medically necessary (i.e. the visitor is essential to the care of a patient) or for family members or legal representatives of patients that may be facing end-of-life situations.

In addition, any visitors meeting these exceptions will be screened for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or fever) or potential exposure to someone with COVID-19 and the duration and number of visits should be minimized.

We are encouraging our patients to use electronic communications when available, including cell phones, tablets, etc. We are working hard to provide alternative solutions for patients that may not have access to these devices.

Thank you for understanding and for your efforts to help contain the spread of COVID-19.


About Cayuga Health 

Cayuga Health System (CHS) has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. Combined employment, including affiliated organizations, is over 2,200 employees. CHS is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences. It has also teamed up with Family Health Network of Central New York to enhance care in the region. To learn more about the Cayuga Health System, visit

About Cayuga Medical Center

Cayuga Medical Center [CMC] is a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. CMC houses over 200 beds and employs 1,200 health-care professionals and has a medical staff of 200 affiliated physicians.

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