Huntington Hospital will shut down most visitation starting Thursday because of the spread of Covid-19.
A partner will be allowed for patients in labor and delivery, and a visitor can attend to someone in end of life care.
Otherwise, no visitors will be permitted, the hospital said.
In addition, the hospital will reopen its testing procedures, at 30 View Acre Drive, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, but will be closed on Christmas Day. Testing was previously open but closed down after the last surge eased.
The Huntington Hospital decision came on the same day that New Yorkwas again hit hard with 28,924 new cases as the omicron variant swept across the country.
Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state would be adding more sites to provide tests, and millions more take-home tests as some pharmacies began limiting the number of tests a consumer could purchase at a time.
Meantime, New York Attorney General Letitia James today issued a warning letter to Labworq LLC — which has dozens of testing sites in New York City — after learning that some consumers have been waiting over 120 hours, or over five days, for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results, even though the company advertises that consumers can expect results within 24 hours.
This is a developing story and will update.