Henry Ford hospitals to implement visitor restrictions amid COVID-19 surge in Michigan

Henry Ford Health System
Posted at 11:55 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 11:55:43-05

(WXYZ) — Henry Ford Health System is implementing new temporary visitor restrictions at its hospitals due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The visitor policy is not the same at each facility. Each hospital has developed new policies based on the conditions in its service area, and the restrictions can be adjusted as conditions change.

In areas where COVID-19 transmission is not as active, the hospital may maintain the most recent visitation policy, which is limited to one adult visitor per patient.

In areas where COVID-19 transmission and COVID-19 hospitalizations are high, such as at Henry Ford Macomb and Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, the restrictions are much more stringent, hospital officials said.

These policies can be found on the Temporary Visitor Restrictions page where there are links to the policies for each of the six hospitals.

Regardless of restrictions, Henry Ford Health System says it will still allow visitors who are:

  • Acting as power of attorney or have court-appointed guardianship
  • Assisting patients with physical or mental disabilities
  • Providing transportation patients who undergoing surgery or emergency care
  • Providing religious or spiritual services

Anyone who is allowed to visit will need to:

  • Undergo COVID-19 screening before entry
  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Refrain from eating, drinking or sharing a patient’s restroom while visiting

Outpatient Restrictions

All patients and visitors entering a Henry Ford facility for an outpatient appointment or service will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature check. Everyone must wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Patients may have one person with them who is needed to transport them into and around the facility, who is needed as part of establishing an ongoing treatment plan or in making clinical care decisions, or who meet one of the exception criteria for inpatient visitors. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/caregivers and spouses/partners may attend prenatal visits. Drivers for patients must remain in designated waiting areas and leave the facility as soon as possible.

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