Visitation has been temporarily suspended at Peconic Bay Medical Center and all other Northwell Health hospitals, effective immediately, due to the surging coronavirus. Fiel photo: Denise Civiletti

With COVID-19 cases rising across the region, Northwell Health has temporarily suspended all visitation at some of its hospitals, including Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

“These steps are being taken to maintain the safety of our patients and care teams,” the health system said in a message posted to its social media this afternoon.

“Limited exceptions are made when clinically indicated for the care of the patient,” the statement said.

Visitation decisions are being made on a site-by-site basis at this time, a hospital spokesperson said. “We monitor and evaluate community trends and balance hospital needs on a daily basis before making any decision to limit visitors to our facilities.”

To speak with a member of the Peconic Bay Medical Center’s patient and family care team about the special needs of a loved one currently at the hospital, call (631) 548-6239.

For any other updates to visitation call 631-548-6853.

CORRECTION: Northwell has temporarily suspended visitation at some of its hospitals, not all as originally reported. Peconic Bay Medical Center is among the hospitals with suspended visitation at this time.

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