It's something that many have been waiting as loved ones and friends lay in local hospital beds with only staff to comfort them - Bassett Healthcare Network has announced that visitation is now allowed (one visitor at a time) at A.O. Fox Hospital, Bassett Medical Center, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital. Hours of visitation are from noon to 8:00 p.m. every day. For more information on Bassett Healthcare Network hospital visitation policies, visit www.bassett.org.

Meanwhile, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich are also announcing a change in the hospitals' visitation policy. Beginning today at 4:00 p.m., hospital inpatients will be allowed to have visitors and patients coming for testing or treatments can bring someone with them. Patients may only have visitors for four hours per day at either hospital, the visiting hours will be 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. For more information visit www.nyuhs.org.