Ascension Michigan announces new visitor restrictions for hospitals amid surge in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Mar 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-26 15:33:41-04

Ascension Michigan announced that it is tightening its visitor restrictions, effective immediately, amid rising COVID-19 cases.

According to the health system, it is moving to the Tier 4 "no visitor" policy.

There will be no visitors allowed at the hospitals except in the circumstances below.

  • One individual is allowed in the Emergency Department, Medical, Surgical, Inpatient Rehabilitation or Intensive Care units who has been appointed to make medical decisions for patients who have been deemed a legally incapacitated individual (guardian) or a support individual for patients for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care and safety of the patient
  • One support visitor is allowed in Labor and Delivery in addition to a midwife/doula
  • One visitor is allowed for outpatient surgery patients - the care team will determine where the visitor is allowed to wait
  • One visitor is allowed for outpatient radiology and lab if necessary for patient assistance
  • One parent/guardian is allowed for pediatric patients in the Emergency Department or any Pediatric Unit (including PICU, NICU, SCN)
  • One parent/guardian is allowed for pediatric surgery patients (21 years and younger)
  • One parent/guardian is allowed for pediatric patients at ambulatory care sites

Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for a patient's individuals needs.

Visitors have to be 18 years old or older and not in a high-risk category for COVID-19.

All visitors must complete a screening, wear a hospital-issued mask and practice social distancing.

This is the latest hospital system in Michigan to institue visitor restrictions amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this week, Beaumont issued visitor restrictions.

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