No visitors at Niagara and Hamilton hospitals

The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted changes at area hospitals.

Niagara Health implemented a no-visitors policy Thursday night, as part of its effort to contain the virus.

“This is a necessary measure to protect the health and well-being of our patients, reduce traffic in the hospital, and practice social distancing,” said Derek McNally, Executive Vice President of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive for Niagara Health.

There will be some limited exceptions. These will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Facilities will provide patients with free WiFi, telephone and television service.

A similar policy was implemented as St. Joseph’s Healthcare hospitals as of Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Hamilton Health Sciences stopped allowing visitors to its hospitals as of noon Friday.